Apr 08 2014

Marni Hearts Philanthropy

Their characteristic is to mix and match. Marni celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a little help from the animal kingdom.

Sıla Güven

Despite of the fact that they create incredible collection of clothes and accessories, Marni has always been very conscious of social issues. For the last couple of years, the brand is producing furniture and they have been on the list in Milan Design Week. They have previously reworked the infamous patterns and color palettes of traditional Colombian chairs. The chairs were designed by Colombian ex-prisoners, exhibited at the pop-up Marni boutique at Salone del Mobile and proceeds were donated to the institute ICAM of Milan, a project which allows children of imprisoned mothers to spend their youth in a family environment. 

Now this week, as a part of Milan Design Week, Marni will unveil an exotic furniture installation called ‘Animal House’, built around the Salone del Mobile fair. The installation is built from a series of limited edition pieces which resemble giraffes, flamingos and rabbits. Although the figures happen to be the gentlest ones of the animal kind, their materials are strong such as PVC and metal, the color schemes are pretty bold like dark orange and cobalt blue. The range includes chairs, benches and tables. The main theme of the principal is asymmetry. The pieces were handmade by a group of female Colombian workers this time, and once again a portion of the proceeds are donated to charities which will help ill children.

Milan Design Week / Salone del Mobile, will take place between 8-13 April 2014.