The underlying theme of the new Armani/Casa collection is an aesthetic embracing luxurious yet essential styles and shapes inspired by an imaginary type of prince: an Eastern citizen of the world, sensitive to art and design, who expresses his cross-cultural vision with a few precise, unmistakable touches. This idea inspired Armani/Casa’s multifaceted project, which blends creativity and craftsmanship in a timeless dream of perfection, obtained by filtering the canons of oriental abstract art. Through this enchanted vision, the emotion of a cultural reference reminiscent of the Samurai transforms the meaning of everyday life, resulting in a brand new harmony.
Expressing this intention and combining the concept of furniture with that of décor, Giorgio Armani developed the Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli collection, featuring the use of hand looms to reproduce special weaving techniques and patterns inspired by ancient Japanese weaves. An example of this is the Jackson fabric, or the Jasaan fabric, made of silk grosgrain with an interwoven effect. A deconstructed geometric theme is expressed by the Johannesburg grosgrain fabric, and Just, a 150-knot, hand-knotted silk carpet. Pure abstraction can be found in the micro/macro pattern of the Jordan hand-knotted carpet, or in the alternation of decorations of varying proportions in the Juso fabric. New colours include jade green, ruby red and sapphire blue. Each theme also features matching decorative pillows.
Fine materials and special finishes, the result of ancient craft techniques, add light and texture to furniture, which plays a leading role in the Armani/Teatro, and is presented in a striking installation that plays, innovatively, with the shapes and colours of the collection. The colours and the sinuous, radiused shapes of furniture are set off by a geometric, rectilinear structure suspended from the ceiling, consisting of chalky white beams and uprights floating in a black casing.
For the 40th anniversary of the Armani brand – the anniversary of a unique style and professional history – the Justin desk is being produced in a limited edition of 40 numbered pieces, with double top and drawers in aqua leather and grey tamo ash.
Featuring minimal lines with hints of the Thirties, Jolie is a two-drawer desk in brown dyed elm with a leather top and side pockets, which make it very practical.
Lifted off the ground by thin metal supports, the Jazz bar cabinet, with an embossed, braided-texture lacquer finish in bronze, is equipped with a red lacquer pull-out top and a drawer inside, and has a central handle.
Jeff, an oval dining table with curved legs, is in brown dyed elm, or with a St. Laurent black marble top and brown dyed elm legs.
Remarkably symmetrical and elegant, the Jonathan bed is a fine example of textile design: padded, with a shaped frame and a curved quilted headboard in nickel grey horizontal grosgrain fabric, paired with a dove grey leather structure.
The Joseph sofa combines convenience and comfort with its jade green fabric covering, rounded back and arms, and set-back feet.
The master glassmaker and his two assistants – known as servente and serventino – can still repeat the same procedures that were carried out by their forebears eight hundred years ago. The two assistants handle the long metal pipe used by the master to blow glass into the desired shape. Fascinated by this time-honoured skill and the beautiful effects of light refracting through glass, Giorgio Armani extends his range of lamps, adding the Jolanda lantern, which comes as a red and dove grey table lamp with a bronze base, or as a dove grey floor lamp. Then there is the Jaime table lamp, with a bronze base and a dove grey Murano glass lampshade, and the Jared reading lamp in dove grey.
The major success of the Hack lamp, launched last year, has led to the creation of a new orange version and a smaller, lantern version in dove grey, orange or red, designed for LED tea lights.
The centrepieces and vases of the Joachim series are individually blown without using moulds, and have coloured glass inclusions. Then there are individually blown glasses, wine glasses and bottles with red or blue glass decorations, and the Jaspide range of paperweights, moulded by hand into the shape of a scorpion.
Unusual, curious, superbly crafted objects make up the gifts and accessories series, upholding a vision of interior decoration that closely links design and tasteful décor. These include the Joe range of board games, in large format, made of Canaletto walnut, covered with natural colour leather and featuring alabaster playing pieces: from Bastille Solitaire and Tic-tac-toe, to a refined version of the popular Shanghai – these are all added to the Hero Dominos set launched last year.
Handmade in Italy, the Jacques amber-coloured alabaster set includes a bougie candle holder and a three-arm candelabra, with clean, crisp lines.
Made of bonded raw-cut leather further accentuated by a central leather strip detail, the Joyce set decorates the desk with functional elegance, while the Jasper desk set is in crocodile-print patent leather in shades of red or beige, as is the travel kit.