Fendi Casa’s new furniture collection is an eclectic assortment of class acts
Showcased at Xavier Corberó’s Barcelona estate, the new Fendi Casa furniture collection includes pieces by Piero Lissoni, Atelier Oï, Cristina Celestino and more
Fendi Casa unveiled its latest collection of furniture, created in collaboration with a roster of global creatives. Orchestrated by the maison’s artistic director of menswear and accessories, Silvia Venturini Fendi, the collection features contributions from leading designers such as Piero Lissoni, Atelier Oï, Dimorestudio, Marcel Wanders Studio, and Cristina Celestino and Chiara Andreatti (the last two collaborated with Fendi for their Design Miami presentations in 2016 and 2017 respectively).
The ‘Vittoria’ sideboard by Cristina Celestino with Thierry Lemaire’s ‘Parsifal’ armchair
The collection is an evolution that fully represents the brand’s commitment to design: ‘It features cutting-edge designs; it’s more eclectic and in line with our collections for men and women, who I would imagine living in these new spaces,’ explains Venturini Fendi. ‘Everything is very organic and aligned with our DNA.’
Included in the launch are new pieces, as well as existing designs that come from the brand’s more experimental endeavours (such as the Design Miami collections). Together they form an eclectic picture of the company’s aesthetics and creative values.
The ‘Soho’ armchair and chaise longue by Toan Nguyen sit next to Atelier Oï’s ‘Metropolis’ coffee table
The sofa has a special place in this collection. A series of new designs offer diverse interpretations of the medium, suitable for different living styles, from the large-scale modular sofas to the more compact settee. Among them is the ‘Fun’ modular sofa by Atelier Oï, a favourite of Venturini Fendi for its ability to encapsulate the artisanal spirit of the maison. Featuring a bold, gridded design, it includes different elements to create a seating landscape, and is defined by a nubuck upholstery with a peekaboo effect on the corners, crafted to look like the padding is peeping out. ‘It is reminiscent of our “Selleria”, the workmanship from which everything began and which we have been carrying on since 1925, but in a very evocative, non-trivial way. In addition, it has a softness, a lightness that always distinguishes our work,’ she says.
There are also refined dining tables, chairs, armchairs and bedroom furniture, as well as a series of outdoor pieces by Piero Lissoni featuring bamboo structures and hemp upholstery.
The ‘Sagano’ armchairs, designed by Piero Lissoni
To mark its launch, the collection was recently photographed at the estate of Catalan sculptor Xavier Corberó, whose concrete arches form a backdrop for the collection’s rich textures. ‘The Barcelona house by Xavier Corberó interprets the same vision as Fendi’s expressive codes, as well as sharing a great coherence with the architecture of Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, the headquarters of the maison,’ says Fendi Casa CEO, Alberto Da Passano. Both buildings, he says, ‘emphasise the values of identity, creativity and craftsmanship that have always distinguished Fendi Casa’s collections’.
Concludes Venturini Fendi: ‘It’s increasingly key to engage in a conversation with international creative talents, who can add their own contribution to the evolution of the Fendi aesthetics, beyond more commercial boundaries.’ §