As the pandemic ground the usual glitz and glamour of the fashion industry to a halt, even designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana got tired of looking at the same old furnishings in their homes. Pivoting their attention to decor, the duo produced what must be some of the boldest and most cheerful home objects ever created. Unveiled at their Alta Moda couture show in Venice, Dolce & Gabbana Casa splashes the design house’s four signature motifs across sofas, chairs, tables, cabinetry, and more.
“The circumstances we have experienced recently have led us to live the home environment even more intensely and to devote to it the attention that the daily frenzy often made us lose,” Dolce and Gabbana told Vogue in a recent interview.
The Casa collection is exactly what you’d expect from the storied Italian design house: unapologetically maximalist. Everything from textiles to dishes are adorned with the swirling Mediterranean Blue pattern, the Sicilian-inspired Carretto motif, Leo leopard print, and Zebra print, all celebrating the beauty of Italian culture. “We wanted an explosion of colors, emotions, [and] scents,” the designers say. “Each theme embodies a different lifestyle.”
Storming into the typically minimalist, monochromatic world of contemporary interior design, Dolce & Gabbana bring their sensuous Italian flair to the Casa collection. Each piece is both fun and functional, exuding sunny optimism and a desire to be seen. The familiar D&G motifs make the furniture, crockery, glasses, dinnerware, and tablecloths feel like a natural extension of the brand and imbue traditional Italian artisanal crafts with a little bit of extra opulence. Dolce & Gabbana collaborated with Venetian heritage brands and artists like Murano glassmakers Barbini and Salviati and luxury textile company Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua to bring the collection to life.
Consisting of over 300 pieces, the designer home collection was presented in an old Venetian church as a feast for the senses, alongside classic Italian cuisine like pasta and panettone.
“All Italy presents ancestral trades that must be preserved, and we are very proud to bring them to the world now in these type of products, a company that we had already been thinking about for several years,” says Domenico Dolce.
Dolce & Gabbana Casa fits right into the new Sicilian home decor trend. The design house’s Carretto motif, for instance, is drawn from the traditional designs that have been painted onto horse and donkey-drawn carts throughout Sicily for centuries. Sicilian interior design style incorporates these vibrant patterns, rustic materials, lush textures, and weathered accents to give the home a more relaxed, warm, and homey feel that’s rooted in the Southern Italian charm particular to the island of Sicily.
Though Casa might be Dolce & Gabbana’s first official line of their own home goods, it isn’t their first foray into home objects altogether. The design house previously collaborated with fellow Italian heritage brand Smeg to produce a line of kitchen appliances decked out both in their signature motifs and intricate illustrations of Sicily. First released in 2018, that series consisted of refrigerators, toasters, blenders, juicers, ovens, and more.