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Cappellini & Designers Guild

| Designbest editorial staff


omantic flowery patterns in pastel tones, Le Corbusier-inspired bold graphics, vibrant velvety shades and haute couture, tartan or bouclé fabrics: the two key names of contemporary design, Cappellini and Designers Guild, have joined forces and this could not have produced anything but a unique style.

Earlier this year, during the January edition of Maison&Objet, Cappellini graced us with a sneak preview of their new pieces, all of which with a truly romantic flair, but it’s not until recently that the entire collection – a modern interpretation of Cappellini’s iconic designs - has just been revealed at the Cappellini showroom in Milan.

Inside the Cappellini Point, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of both Giulio Cappellini’s futuristic designs and the charming fabrics by Tricia Guild, who is the founder and creative director of Designers Guild. A perfect combination that sets a new style: in fact, Guild’s creative use of bold colours and florals adds a touch personality and sophistication to the iconic Cappellini’s pieces, all of them are designed by great names of design, such Jasper Morrison, Paola Navone, Marcel Wanders and Marc Stopa.

Throughout the store, a vast range of materials - from chenille and velvet to tweed and canvas - sets an evocative atmoshpere inspired by Les Corbusier's urban project for the Indian city of Chandigarh, bringing to mind a blooming garden or evoking traditional Flemish paintings with haute couture elegance. While the Embroidery armchair and Bed boast a mélange thick Birkett chenille, for example, the Hi Pad stools are dressed in Elliott Plaid wool tartan fabric with a traditional Scottish touch, and the Elan sofa and ottoman feature the ultra-soft and sumptuous Trentino Stretto velvet.

Innovating is much more than simply thinking about new forms. And with this in mind, Cappellini translates formal minimalism and a constant strive for innovation into the meticulous study of colours and decorations suggested by Designers Guild. This aesthetic experiments blur the boundaries between design and decor and reinterpret classic pieces of times gone by moving from the unbrindled pursuit of novelty, without forgetting sustainability.

Designers Guild's elastic, resistant and highly decorative fabrics define Cappellini's new design language and pave the way for a promising chapter for both brands, with contemporary and bold interpretations that anticipate the styles of tomorrow.

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