At 2012’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Rubelli will be showing how the design world can integrate with the decorating world in an austere installation at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. One of the galleries will be transformed into a dark vision of romantic beauty, reflecting two important trends in design: the revival of textiles for interiors and a focus on black.
As part of an ongoing collaboration, Lidewij Edelkoort has been asked to select textiles and contemporary design, upholstering the space and previewing a revival of the gothic movement. On display will be a special edition of Maarten Baas’ Smoke! armchair produced by Moooi and dressed in Rubelli’s Les Indes Galantes fabric, a chandelier by Piet Hein Eek including textile lampshades, re-upholstered modernist armchairs by Gio Ponti and Franco Albini, a Fortuny Floor Lamp re-edited by Pallucco, and a mysterious new flock of birds by Guus Kusters & Maarten Kolk. All the works feature fabrics by Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli, Dominique Kieffer, Donghia and Rubelli – including Rubelli’s re-edition of original Gio Ponti designs.
Edelkoort feels that black resonates in today’s world, saying that, “Black is becoming the order of the night, the guardian of dark humour and the romantic troubadour of cynical songs. Whether dozing upon a daybed, draped against a male torso or piously kneeling on a gothic chair, it is all the more beautiful in black. The Rubelli family of brands is conscious of the newest societal trends exploring the austere and sometimes even surrealistic side of interior design… Design will embrace black and faux-black in every texture, for a black-on-black celebration of glorious gloom and doom, in an audacious and eccentric enactment of the night, where all is a majestic sombre monochrome of soft shadows lit by the full moon.”