After fragrance, it's furniture for Margiela

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The Independent Online

Following its recent perfume launch, Maison Martin Margiela is diversifying even further, having introduced its first pieces of furniture at Milan's Saloni.

The seating furniture called Groupe and Emmanuelle draw on Margiela's signature inspirations: white cotton, trompe l'oeil, and eclecticism. The Groupe 'couch' is meant to look like three armchairs from different eras, covered by a white sheet, while Emmanuelle's shape seems to be inspired by Alice in Wonderland-like chairs, causing the seated to look inappropriately small.

Also during the Saloni, Margiela opened an installation at the local concept store, 10 Corso Como, distilling the identity of the fashion house into one room. Fittingly called The Maison in a room, this space recreates a typical Parisian apartment from the Haussmann period, complete with walls, doors, and a chimney. Staying true to its humoristic approach, however, the walls have been divided into numbered segments - a hint at color-by-number children's books. This installation will be on show through May 30.

Margiela previously launched a home line including wallpaper, lamps, bookshelves, and carpets inspired by its Paris atelier. Denim brand Diesel, which owns Margiela, also presented its first furniture collection last year.