With the very first Casa furniture collection from Dolce & Gabbana, the goal of the Italian designer duo of creating a unique lifestyle showcasing the famous traditional craftsmanship of their compatriots is achieved. François Oosthuizen takes a closer look.
“You just have to contemplate one of our pieces of furniture or to stroke a fabric to immediately perceive its fundamental values: an irreproachable know-how, the love of fatto a mano (handmade), the respect for tradition and the quest for innovation, ”say Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. . “The senses of sight, touch, hearing and smell are constantly stimulated by our creations, all of which contribute to the dream of building a habitat suited to your personality, your passions and your tastes.
According to the designers, a house is above all a place that best reflects who we are, which protects us from the outside world – but at the same time allows us to open up to it. Italian culture and beauty have always been their main sources of inspiration, and the Casa collection by Dolce & Gabbana is no different.
The designer duo also adds: “Over the years, these elements have been reinterpreted in a unique lifestyle, designed in the spirit of the Dolce Vita. Indeed, the elegance of our furniture and accessories is never cold and austere, but tinged with the most festive tones of light joy. Perhaps because, for us, Italian beauty is not limited to the genius of the masters of the Renaissance and the Baroque or to the immortal words of the great poets and writers, but extends to our breathtaking landscapes, our wines. and our incomparable cuisine.
“Whether in the Faraglioni of Capri, in the blue of the Sicilian sea, on the golden beaches of our coasts, or in the pizza, pasta and various sweets that distinguish our culinary traditions, dwells an extraordinary poetry; a taste for the beautiful and the well-done which for centuries has delighted the world with unique emotions.
According to the couple, they experienced “that same exceptional feeling” from their first meeting with some of Italy’s most renowned artisans. “Thanks to them, we rediscovered ancient know-how such as Murano glass blowing, Sicilian hand-painted ceramics, fine cabinetry, straw weaving, wood carving and intarsia ( knitting), the age-old murine technique (mosaics), and the weaving of lush brocades and precious velvet on traditional looms.
Their collaboration with these artisans led Dolce & Gabbana to the Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Venice – an extraordinary space that was transformed for the launch of Casa. Here, bold and colorful scenes reinterpret four of the house’s favorite themes: leopard and zebra patterns, Mediterranean blue and Sicilian carts.
To complement the various decors, the designers teamed up with renowned Murano glass company Barovier & Toso to create spectacular installations like the five leopard-inspired chandeliers from D&G. Each chandelier was over 5m high and featured 56 lights, with leopard decorations and black rostrato (spiked) effects. Approximately 20,000 pieces of mouth-blown glass were required to construct these works of art, charging the atmosphere with alluring and warm hues for a truly majestic theatrical experience.
On the first floor of the exhibition space, D&G’s eye-catching Carretto print was visible throughout, while an exuberant range of Sicilian folk-inspired designs found their way onto sofas, tables, wardrobes and even an entire kitchen. The first floor was also the perfect place to display the brand’s early forays into household items, such as limited edition hand-painted refrigerators and a range of kitchen appliances co-created with Smeg.
The chic and colorful collection also includes seating, tables and cabinets, all adorned with one of four iconic designs: Mediterranean Blue, Carretto, Leo and Zebra. There’s a sofa covered in a swirling blue and white pattern, a round table covered in the stunning Carretto pattern, animal print stools, and a leopard pattern rug.
The decoration line will soon be available online and eventually in stores around the world.
This story first appeared in the December 2021 issue of Prestige Singapore.