The very essence of Marni’s read-to-wear and accessories collections is individuality and uniqueness. It is this idea of summing up with no limits that reflects the positive outlook, continuous growth and evolution of the brand. With that in mind, Marni set out to create Animal House – a collection of animals such as giraffes, ducks donkeys and flamingoes made of metal and bright coloured PVC, as well as an array of chairs and tables – to unveil at the Salone del Mobile last year.
For the collection, Marni collaborated with a group of Colombian women – who gained independence and emancipation through their work – to create new handmade pieces where each one is unique, but tailored in different colours. Asymmetry, the leitmotif of the project, generates spatial figures, potentially infinite through the use of multiple shapes. Traditional chairs with two armrests are pulled together with one armrest styles, set either on the left or the right side, and with small benches, allowing different compositions. Tables can be grouped together too. Chaise lounges and rocking chairs complete the collection.
The collaboration reaffirms Marni’s commitment to charity initiatives: part of the revenue from the sale of the animals and furniture will go towards Casa Raudha, a local shelter for women that helps vulnerable women and their children build better lives together through education.
Marni will showcase selected limited edition pieces of furniture and animals from now till March 29 at Atrium Two of Paragon. It is the first time these exclusive pieces are shown in Asia.