Not only furniture and objects, the Design Week showcases accessories, too.
[On cover: TRVL by Roberto Palomba for Doucal’s]
There is no doubt that, of all accessories, shoes are the ones that have the closest affinity with design; certain heels or details in fact resemble elaborate pieces of architecture, materials are often high-tech and the shape of the shoe itself is based on stringent rules in order to provide the best support for the foot.
Milan’s Design Week is an opportunity for footwear brands to reaffirm this link with the world of design, either by creating capsule collections in collaboration with architects or designers, or simply by hosting designer items and furniture in their shops.
Doucal’s, a brand based in the Marche region of Italy and run by the Giannini family, presents its TRVL collection designed by Roberto Palomba, from Palomba Serafini Associati, which takes inspiration from the ‘design thinking’ typical of home design to give life to a modular concept that can be interpreted in a variety of ways.
“The simplest uppers and the most bizarre soles, simply united by an imaginary horizontal plane that brings together apparently non-dialoguing worlds – he explains – thus creating a totally unexpected uniqueness”.
The result is a shoe that is as light and comfortable as a pair of espadrilles or ballerinas.
Fabi, on the other hand, joined up with Porada, a Brianza-based furniture firm whose products strike a perfect balance between form and function: their design collaboration has resulted in a collection of footwear inspired by chromatic and stylistic codes chosen by Porada. Careful attention to detail is the outstanding feature of the limited edition of men’s and women’s sneakers seen here.
F.lli Rossetti never misses an appointment with Design Week and hosts an event in its shop in Via Montenapoleone at every edition.
This time the theme is “Design at your heels”. It is a limited-edition sandal, characterized by a heel handmade & heartmade, co-designed with Beirut designer Nada Debs. Sixty exclusive pieces in two versions – off white and red nubuck – will be available only at Fratelli Rossetti boutiques in Milan, Beirut and online. Nada Debs, exploring the signature craft of contemporary mother-of-pearl inlay in natural solid walnut wood, creates a unique heel featuring a zig-zag pattern. The lines of the illustration symbolize the heartbeat of Milan and Beirut, two buzzing sister cities, both creative hubs on the world design map.
For Design Week Santoni collaborates with Patricia Urquiola in paying tribute to Mario Bellini’s iconic “Cab” armchair: three special editions have been produced for the occasion, hand-painted by Santoni craftsmen in three shades of colour: petrol green, lobster and sage green.