Missoni Translates Fashion to Interiors

Missoni fashions at #MFW

Lance Lenzi Instagramming #MFW #FW16 Fashions by Missoni.

Instagram is lighting up with favorite looks from the runways during the Milan Fashion Week, which ends tomorrow. The Missoni runway show for #MFW #FW16 wrapped a few hours ago, and the images are pouring out. Lance Lenzi Instagrammed the triad of patterned panache above, and WWD Japan tweeted the quartet of edgy fashions below.

Missoni fashions from Milan Fashion Week

WWD Japan Tweeting Missoni fashions from #MFW #FW16.

Missoni Translates Fashion to Interiors

This is one of the brands whose home collection this year came straight from the runways through its Missoni Home division, the inspiration a floral dress that caught the attention of the Italian fashion house’s cofounder, Rosita Missoni, while she was combing through hundreds of dresses from the different seasons of a sixty-year-old archive for the exhibition Missoni, L’Arte, Il Colore at the Museo MAGA in Gallarate.

Rosita Missoni

Rosita Missoni, cofounder of the Missoni fashion brand and Missoni Home.

“We were mesmerized by the preciousness of the pattern on a silk dress with a fringed cape from 1971,” she notes. “It was a pattern inspired by the orient, designed in the 70s for both fashion and home—so evocative that we decided to reclaim it for the 2016 collection and to call it Oriental Garden.”

A dress that inspired the Missoni Home 2016 collection

This pattern on the silk dress with fringed cape from 1971 inspired the new Missoni Home Oriental Garden pattern.

Oriental Garden

About that aha moment, the design visionary says, “Inspirations come as they wish…sometimes you’re looking for them, sometimes they happen unexpectedly.” The flowering branches that weave their way through this design are unexpected only in terms of scale—the personality of the patterns big and bold. On some pieces, a macro print on cotton holds a interplay of matt and shiny for a checkered effect while on others the flowers are festooned in a micro embroidery on sateen.

Missoni Home’s Oriental Garden pattern for 2016.

Missoni Home’s Oriental Garden pattern for 2016.

There are two sets of colorways—a turquoise, amber, amethyst, slate and onyx on a sand background; and the tones of Chinese lacquers that include coral, bois de rose, hues of amethyst and sage on a turquoise background. “We tapped into the shades of this charming oriental motif and developed the beautiful story of fabrics with geometric patterns—irregular stripes, Greek key and iconic motifs,” Rosita explains.

Anemones

The Anemones pattern for 2016 from Missoni Home.

The Anemones pattern for 2016 from Missoni Home.

“Anemones are beautiful and enchanting flowers,” Rosita remarks. “Looking at them, they appear to speak to you…they make you dream. Working with their simple shapes, we enjoyed transforming them. We magnified or scaled them down to miniature for an irresistible combination of textures.”

Anemones Dream

This pillow in the Anemones Dream pattern pops with rich color in a lively mélange.

This pillow in the Anemones Dream pattern pops with rich color in a lively mélange.

Pieces in the Anemones Dream pattern have serious punch, the floral motifs blossoming with an in-your-face charm. “This mood transports the enchanting anemones to the delicate and evanescent tones of the undergrowth,” Missoni explains. “The atmosphere between dream and fairytale recall the legend of Anemone—nymph to the court of Chloris, the goddess of flowers.”

Fireworks

A pouf by Missoni Home covered in the fireworks pattern.

A pouf by Missoni Home covered in the fireworks pattern.

A festival of the iconic flame design is at the heart of the Fireworks pattern. “It is ‘a very Missoni pattern’,” Rosita explains. These reversible fabrics include rainbow flames on either a black or a white backdrop.

Tropical Fish Outdoor

The Tropical Fish pattern, new out for 2016 from Missoni Home.

The Tropical Fish pattern, new out for 2016 from Missoni Home.

Colorful and lively fish swim immersed in an intense blue in this outdoor fabric collection that takes its inspiration from tropical climes. The accompanying micro and macro stripes are reminiscent of a maritime atmosphere with twisted ropes and hawsers. All fabrics are outdoor quality, and are 100% waterproof.

Floral Galaxy Outdoor

 

Floral Galaxy Outdoor pattern from Missoni Home, new in 2016.

Floral Galaxy Outdoor pattern from Missoni Home, new in 2016.

If you’re still stuck in gloomy winter, why wait for springtime to come; the Floral Galaxy Outdoor pattern will immerse you in a hothouse of brilliance. Inspired by the great English mixed borders, this floral galaxy will infuse any room with whimsy. All fabrics are outdoor quality, and are 100% waterproof.

I’d like to thank Rosita Missoni for sharing her inspirations with me and I look forward to more fashion-inspired interior products to flow from their atelier.

Text of Missoni Translates Fashion to Interiors © design blogger Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here, Stranded on the Road to Promise and Four Florida Moderns. She also maintains The Diary of an Improvateur as a platform for her literary travel and design adventuring, and is a columnist on Architizer. Saxon will be leading a workshop at the Design Bloggers Conference in March titled “How to Make Your Writing Sing.”

2 thoughts on “Missoni Translates Fashion to Interiors

  1. So happy to see Missoni moving out of the patterning that they have been known & reknown for.
    The new patterns seem closer to an ‘Etro’ vibe to me & that is fantastic.
    Love the correlations you made.

    • Thanks, Zina. This is such a “happy” collection and the Anemones Dream really struck a chord with me.

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