A signal that seems impossible to underestimate comes from the fashion world, and this is a paean, sometimes also a reaction, to the new diktat that “disorder is the new order.” On one hand, there is a mixture of fabrics, references, styles, hours of the day, genders, parts of the home, as seen on the catwalks, and on the other some manufacturers are responding more challengingly with new forms of austerity, a tendency towards monochrome (no matter how multi-material) and a sophisticated choice of materials. Basically, a total refutation of street style. Several leading art directors in particular, such as Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni and Rodolfo Dordoni, are thinking along these lines.
Another point of contact between fashion and design clearly consists of botanical inspiration. Those stunning gardens that make clothing, hats and shoes “blossom” in fashion, decorating the walls of sets for interior design photoshoots. When it comes to products, this phytomorphic approach brings with it a return to all those natural materials that range from cane to wicker to raffia, woven with skill, the “synthetic” versions of which are used outdoors while the natural versions are used in verandas and living rooms.
Designed by Massimo Castagna for Exteta, the upholstered collections – including the wicker-framed upholstered Jungle Collection and Rossiccio pouffe - are a case in point. Christophe Pillet’s use of paper cord and rush, contrasting with a spare stainless-steel structure for his Echoes chairs for Flexform is also interesting.