There has always been a symbiotic relationship between high-end, luxury fashion and interior design. Many of the haute couture fashion houses dabbled in home décor with the release of limited tableware, candle or linen collections. However, many recognize Fendi as the first fashion house to expand into the design space in 1987 with a home collection, launched by Silvia Venturini Fendi’s mother Anna. Since then, we have seen more and more fashion houses take strides into the design stratosphere. When luxury fashion and interior design collide, we get some of the most iconic furniture and accessories the design world has seen.
Like we mentioned above, Fendi is notably recognized for being the first fashion house to release a home collection. Since then, the Rome-based brand has paved the way in interior design with some truly illustrious designs. The Fendi Casa collection melds fashion, architecture, and craft. That dedication to architecture and design is evident in the above photo in the linear pattern in the headboard and the use of mixed solid surfaces for the nightstand and balloon-shaped table light fixture.
Known for their leather goods and their logo monogrammed dinnerware, Hermès has expanded into the design space with seating, lighting and tables. The French-made “Cheval d’arcons” — long bench with drawers — (shown above) is designed of wood. The legs, drawers and casing are made of solid Canaletto walnut with brushed stainless-steel finishes. Staying close to what Hermès does best, the drawers, side, bottom and seat are upholstered in taurillon H leather. Like all their products, their furniture pieces boast stupendous craftsmanship made with the finest materials.
Since 2012, Louis Vuitton has invited designers from around the globe to develop experimental yet functional furniture pieces and design objects for the Objets Nomades Collection. From a foldable chair to a dining table to a floral totem or cocoon chair, each limited-edition piece stretches the boundaries of the designers to demonstrate their fine-tuned artisan skills and the dedication of this fashion brand to worldly interior design.
The Palaver chair by Patricia Urquiola (shown above) is simplistic in its structure, yet subtly bold (if that is even possible) in its overall design. The two-piece chair is made of solid oak with 150 strips of cowhide woven through the perforated seat and back. The chair is lightweight and collapsible making it the perfect, upscale lounge chair.
ARMANI / CASA
In 2000, Armani launched Armani/Casa, joining a list of fashion houses that had made the transition into interior design. For over two decades, the Italian powerhouse has dominated both the fashion and design world with intriguingly iconic pieces like the ANTOINETTE Coiffeuse in Limited Edition shown above. This Coiffeuse is so coveted that few photographs exist of this piece in its natural habit (we mean a bedroom or dressing area and not a design showroom). Only 100 pieces of this vanity table will be made. Its cylindrical shape with a foldable top and hideaway seat make it even more whimsical. Despite its deep olive hue, this piece is actually wrapped in grey leather covered with a transparent lacquer which gives it that hint of verde.
We couldn’t round out this post without featuring Gucci’s iconic tiger print wallcovering. As part of the “Souvenir from Rome” collection designed by Alessandro Michele this ostentatious wallpaper is inspired by prints and patterns borrowed from Gucci’s prêt-à-porter collection. Gucci has always had world-renowned patterns, but this tiger leaf print is one of our favorites. The wallcovering comes with a 3-step process to install, but professional consultation and installation is strongly recommended.
Like we said, when luxury fashion and interior design collide, iconic pieces are born. What is your favorite fashion design piece that we featured on this post? Tell us below.