Alessandro Michele Designs Gucci Chairs for Cabana
Gucci has been keeping busy, especially with Alessandro Michele leading the brand. The Italian designer isn’t slowing down, and seems determined to keep the luxury label in the headlines. Coming up this week, Michele will be revealing his exclusive Gucci x Net-a-Porter capsule collection, and on Tuesday, he will be revealing his Cabana Magazine Roman portfolio, to be accompanied by a collection of Gucci chairs, which will be sold at 1stdibs.com, a pop-up site of Cabana.
Cabana’s most recent issue, last month, included a paltry fraction of Michele’s images of his native city Rome. Tuesday will bring a limited-edition box set, which will include over twice as many photos. The cover of the set was created using a Michele-chosen fabric from Gucci’s repertoire, and will be retailed at a price point of $216.
Interestingly enough, this is the first limited-edition box set Cabana has come out with in relation to a theme from an issue. This set consists of 64 images in total, which were shot by photographer Guido Taroni. The images featured in the issue of Cabana will be included, but at twice their magazine size, and will be accompanied by all of the photos not shared with the issue. There are 500 copies of the box set, and will be available in Paris’s Colette and Gallimard, London’s Browns, New York’s Rizzoli, Los Angeles’s Book Soup and Milan’s Armani Libri.
It is always a treat when a designer gets the chance to work with someone with a similar aesthetic to their own, and such was the case between Alessandro Michele and editor-in-chief of Cabana Martina Mondadori; Cabana often teams with 1stdibs with products. The two haven’t known each other for long, but Mondadori at least expressed her positive feelings on the collaboration. She asked Michele for a mood board showing his native city, and this was the base point for her comments.
“The idea was really to choose different rooms, different places – sacred or private ones – maybe a hidden corner, where he takes all his flea market finds and has them restored,” said Monadori, in an interview with WWD.
The shots of the city include images of one of its oldest and most prominent private palaces, Palazzo Colonna, which is still the home of the family today; the Biblioteca Angelica; some local houses; and Trastevere’s Renaissance Villa Farnesina.
Michele was also asked to create another more special product, which is where the chairs come in. “In the back of my head, I had the set he created for the spring 2016 show in Milan, which was totally line an interior set,” Mondadori continued, going on to say that the Italian designer “was really attracted by this thing of not having rules to follow, and really capturing an image that would communicate an emotion by its visuals.”
The Gucci chairs were designed in typical Italian style, with a “chiavari” shape well-known among Italian woodcraft that are traditionally manufactured in Liguria. Michele has used these pieces in his past shows, and as part of Gucci’s windows. The designer produced six chairs, each with its own Gucci fabric and embroideries; they have lacquered black wooden frames, and will come in at $1,368 on 1stdibs.com.
The release of all of this will be marked by a dinner on Tuesday evening, which Mondadori and CEO of 1stdibs David Rosenblatt will host at the Garage du Musée Nissim de Camondo.
Photos courtesy of WWD