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Marni La Vereda x Salone del Mobile 2018

Last weekend saw Marni La Vereda at this year’s Salone del Mobile. SEEN was very taken by the fabulous hand-made chickens…

Las Veredas are tiny urban settlements that develop around one or two streets or cluster of houses giving rise to small rural communities. Each person is a point of reference for the others, sharing their everyday lives.

Where better then for Marni to locate their new collection of furnishings and accessories than in one such replica of these intimate communities? Marni’s rightly celebrated chairs explore unexpected forms: peacock tails or dreaming birds. The usual PVC weaves incorprate a new texture that has a loom-woven effect. Baskets are woven from willow stems and branches in a tradition from Ibagué in the Tolima region. This year the father-son artisans add filaments of coloured plastic to the wicker weave. The women of Curutí in the Santander district hand-process agave, creating 100% organic strong textile fibres that are used to make bags that Marni block-prints in rich colours. Colourful hammocks are also made in loom-woven cotton; a legacy of communities that populate the country’s Atlantic Coast.

The artisanal workmanship, always a distinctive feature of the Marni projects linked with the Salone del Mobile, is expressed this year through further collaborations with communities in different areas of Colombia. Bringing their traditions to Milan and reinterpreting them for Marni through a playful and experimental approach. The result is a series of items added to the furnishing accessories: the papier-mâché and bead chickens are hand-made by a community of women from Villanueva, in the Casanare Department: truly unique pieces, each one the result of 4 days’ work.

Each of these items is hand made with care and contributes to a very special cause. As with previous years, Marni’s Salone del Mobile project supports a children’s charity: “La Casa Sull’albero” project promoted by Piccolo Principe S.C.S. Onlus which exists to give help to children and their families who have taken the road to adoption and fostering in Milan.

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