The worlds of art and fashion are constantly colliding, with collaborations a common occurrence for designers of all ilks. Bottega Veneta’s recently appointed creative director Matthieu Blazy ushered in his sophomore collection for the brand with a vibrant show space and seating designed by the Italian architect and artist Gaetano Pesce. Known for his eclectic repurposing of industrial materials, the show space designed by Pesce was indicative of Italian post-modernism with its puddled resin floors in an array of brilliant hues. Part art-installation, part playground for adults, the showspace signals a new direction for the Italian leather expert as it positions itself as a leading voice in not only fashion but also art and design. It's also the basis for a new art book and exhibition.
This week Come Stai? is coming to Design Miami as the collaboration continues between Bottega and Pesce. The rows of colourful chairs that filled the S/S 23 showspace in Milan was the first new design by Pesce in several years. Crafted from cotton canvas thats been dipped in coloured resin, and finished with hand drawings makes each chair unique. 'We are all originals and this is one of the themes of my design', explains Pesce. To celebrate the partnership a campaign starring Kate Moss was shot by Sander Muylaert, the image-maker behind the brand's A/W 22 campaign.
Along with the exhibition, Bottega Veneta has commissioned an art book of the same name. The limited-edition publication explores Pesce's world as an artist and includes an in-depth interview between him and Hans Ulrich Obrist. A set of photographs charting his creative process, along with the development and production of the Come Stai? chair will also be included. Contributions from Blazy and designer curator Maria Cristina Didero will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration between Bottega and Pesce. Anyone lucky enough to find themselves in Miami on opening night will be able to get their book signed by the artist himself.
Come Stai? opens 30 November to 4 December at Design Miami with chairs available for purchase.