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Mooi: A Life Extraordinary

| Designbest editorial staff


he Salone del Mobile 2018 has concluded this year too with its installations and productions, leaving us suggestions, inspirations and memories of thrilling worlds. Out of those who captured us, our heart goes to Moooi, a Dutch brand with a strong taste for decor that from Arena56 (in the Fuorisalone of the Tortona Design District), has sent on stage a startling and magical imagery.

Enveloping colours, rich fabrics, anthropomorphic lamps, wallpaper: Marcel Wanders, co-founder and artistic director of the brand, has amazed us even this time with A Life Extraordinary, an exhibition that contained three. On one hand the new eccentric and very chic collection of fabrics, leathers and wall coverings, on the other two special exhibits cured by the New York studio Megan Grehl and the Concrete architects of Amsterdam. All of it spiced up with The Museum of Extinct Animals, where textures and patterns blended in exotic atmospheres and celebrated nature’s diversity with mysterious creatures.

In the midst of boudoir sceneries, corners of poetic intimacy (where a flock of birds illuminated a little living room), aristocratic dining rooms, offices transformed in environments with high living and social status covered in an explosion of foliage, there was a majestic buffalo, with his gaze towards us and a decisive lead.

Illusion or reality? Everything around us brought us to the limit of our imagination, with one purpose: to celebrate the beauty of diversities. In a sort of deluxe jungle, the zebra Aristo Quaqqa or the Flying Coral Fish, connecting to the Moooi site, told us firsthand the tale of the discovery of a bizarre painting collection representing fascinating extinct animals, brought to life in the Museum of Extinct Animals. It was the essence of these imaginary creatures and their mesmerizing beauty that gave life to new patterns on the armchairs, upholstered in laser cut leather, or on the modern carpets, or even on the wallpapers with 3D texture.

In a biblical scenery between antique and modern, surrealism and fantasy, this year has seen the first edition of Moooi, Through the Eyes of... which is Moooi seen through the dreamy eyes of Megan Grehl, in vogue architect and interior designer, and with the visionary gaze of the Dutch studio Concrete, famous for his chameleon-like approach in design.

While we wait with anticipation to discover what the future of Moooi will be, we’ll continue to dream with eyes wide open.


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