Fashion house Versace has just brought its signature daring style to a new collection of homeware, and it’s everything you’d expect and more. The Versace Home Collection made its debut at this year’s FurioSalone in Milan, with curation from interior designer Sasha Bikoff and artist Andy Dixon. Drawing inspiration from pop culture, mythology, and all the palm trees and neon colors of Gianni Versace’s adopted home of Miami, the collection consists of five different furniture groups: Pop Medusa, Medusa, Jungle, Rhapsody, and Logomania.
Unveiled in a special exhibition on the second floor of the Versace home on Via Gesú, the Milanese street known for its high concentration of luxury menswear boutiques, these designs also reinterpret pieces seen in previous Versace Home collections. Full of bold shapes, bright colors, clashing patterns, and iridescent materials, the exhibition works in plenty of 2019 interior design trends. The overall effect (as is often the case with Versace) is garish without veering into gauche, and always Fashion with a capital F. Clearly, the 90s are back, whether we’re ready or not.
Bikoff says she was inspired by the Fall/Winter 1994 Versace advertising campaign shot by Richard Avedon, which featured pastel colors and iconic 90s supermodels like Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Stephanie Seymour.
“I wanted to showcase the connection between fashion and the home: atmosphere and rooms have the power to inspire emotions — to make us feel a certain way, just like a dress,” she tells Elle Decor. “The space I wanted to create makes you feel happy and powerful.”
Included in the exhibition are several pieces by Canadian artist Andy Dixon, who hand-painted oversized shirts with both iconic Versace prints and new prints he developed in collaboration with Donatella Versace. Dixon is known for “layering historical references with contemporary social commentary,” playing on art history and questioning the inherent value of “luxuries.” He draws comparisons between his own work and that of Versace in that they both marry pop culture and art and toe the line between sophistication and kitsch.
As for the furnishings themselves, they range from upscale versions of patio furniture that would fit right in on the Golden Girls’ lanai to sculpted polyethylene chairs featuring the face of Medusa in all her snake-haired glory. Pop Medusa translates the latter theme into weather-resistant chairs and glass cubes that serve as side tables or stools. Rhapsody showcases vivid Baroque prints, and Logomania is exactly what it sounds like, splashing “VERSACE” across various surfaces in stark black and white.
The Jungle pieces represent Versace’s first foray into outdoor furniture, and its tropical prints reference the unforgettable green V-cut silk chiffon dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000. Also included in this mini-collection are a hanging bed, fire pit table, lanterns, and sun loungers.
The Versace villa at Via Gesú opened its doors to the public during Milan Design Week to show off the exhibition. Smaller pieces from the collection, like Medusa head vases and a set of ornate porcelain Rhapsody plates, are already available for purchase on the Versace website.