Dressing up your home in Gucci Décor should be a catwalk

In Gucci Decor's yet-to-be-launched collection, velvet-lined cushions in a variety of different shapes and thicknesses come with tassels and border trim. All have unexpectedly contrasting fronts and backs.

Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s philosophy for personalising the home is similar to his DIY programme for clothes and accessories, where you are invited to customise pieces by applying decorative details. As with his magpie attitude to fashion design, the pieces in the new Gucci Décor collection display a multitude of design motifs now familiar from Michele’s catwalk (recall those cat-motif needle-point pillows that greeted guests at Gucci’s fashion shows?).

All the patterns, colours, designs and decorative tropes have been inspired by his fashion collections and are here reimagined for furniture, furnishings and crockery. The collection reflects a vibrant, patterned and bold-hued palette with the statement Gucci flora blooming abundantly and creatures appearing everywhere, whether on screens, cushions or teapots.

Alessandro Michele’s collection of items for home interiors allows for a highly personalized approach to decoration, bringing an accent of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism into the home. Featured here: a look at artist Alex Merry’s correlating, and specially commissioned, illustrations.
Alessandro Michele’s collection of items for home interiors allows for a highly personalized approach to decoration, bringing an accent of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism into the home. Featured here: a look at artist Alex Merry’s correlating, and specially commissioned, illustrations.

A vanity seat in a bright floral jacquard with silver details is the only upholstered chair, the others in the collection being better suited to dining—wooden and high-backed, with lacquered, colourful frames and padded seats displaying a number of House motifs: the cat, tiger, Staffordshire ceramic dog, moth, bee and roaring tiger.

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Sumptuous cushions come in a variety of different shapes and thicknesses, some with tassels, some with border trim. All have unexpectedly contrasting fronts and backs, where the fronts come in rich velvet and are decorated with designs like roses, snakes and tigers, or are in brightly-coloured capitonné, and the backs feature dazzling jacquards.

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Sumptuous cushions come in a variety of different shapes and thicknesses, some with tassels, some with border trim. All have unexpectedly contrasting fronts and backs, where the fronts come in rich velvet and are decorated with designs like roses, snakes and tigers, or are in brightly-coloured capitonné, and the backs feature dazzling jacquards.

To partition living spaces, there are boldly decorative folding screens. These have striking patterns on both sides of their panels, some with different designs on front and back. A garden print, a pineapple print, geometrics, and patterns featuring octopuses or leaves all revive designs originally seen in Gucci’s fashion collections, while a screen faced with pink velvet capitonné echoes the look of the House’s store interiors and window displays.

On the left, the Gucci Décor Chiavari chair, a Ligurian design crafted from wood with a lacquered red finish. The velvet upholstery is embroidered with a cat head, and clusters of flowers. The intricate motifs are embroidered and then hand-applied, a process that takes around 10 hours to complete. The other chairs in the collection are wooden and high-backed, with lacquered, colourful frames and padded seats displaying a number of House motifs: the tiger, Staffordshire ceramic dog, moth, bee, and roaring tiger.
On the left, the Gucci Décor Chiavari chair, a Ligurian design crafted from wood with a lacquered red finish. The velvet upholstery is embroidered with a cat head, and clusters of flowers. The intricate motifs are embroidered and then hand-applied, a process that takes around 10 hours to complete. The other chairs in the collection are wooden and high-backed, with lacquered, colourful frames and padded seats displaying a number of House motifs: the tiger, Staffordshire ceramic dog, moth, bee, and roaring tiger.

There is a range of unconventional wallpapers for those who want to make a strong statement in silk, vinyl and paper. A postcard design taken from the pre-fall 2017 collection sits alongside a floral pattern from fall/winter 2015-16. The premium wallpaper is in silk and displays Michele’s take on the famous Gucci Flora design.

The smaller pieces of the collection are of porcelain and are produced by the cult favourite Florentine porcelain manufacturer Richard Ginori—Gucci now owns this 282-year-old brand. With access to the skills of this historic porcelain factory, Michele has designed a range of distinctive, patterned crockery featuring a green and white Herbarium decoration.

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Vivid metal trays introduce strong colours and prints; these can be used practically, or, in the case of smaller circular models, as unorthodox ornaments for display.

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There are also idiosyncratic Richard Ginori-made porcelain scented-candle holders, which display the Gucci house patterns. The Herbarium floral print is in evidence here, as are geometric chevrons, a striking, solid pink colour and the ‘eye’ design. Animals from the Gucci Garden—bees, butterflies and cockerel heads—are rendered in porcelain in 3D and are attached to the pots and their lids. There are also small incense holders where 3D stag beetles and bees support incense sticks.

Gucci Décor will be launched from September 2017 with a progressive global roll-out in Gucci flagship stores, online and selected specialty stores. Significantly, there will be no dedicated area for the collection within Gucci stores. Instead, to emphasise Alessandro Michele’s notion that these pieces are simply another way to dress in Gucci, they will be spread throughout Gucci’s store interiors, integrated with clothing, accessories and shop fittings.

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Crafted from porcelain and produced by Richard Ginori, the renowned Florentine company founded in 1735, a glimpse at the scented candles and incense burner embellished with motifs inspired by the Gucci House aesthetic.

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