In occasion of the 2014 Salone del Mobile, from 8 to 13 April, Molteni&C and Salvatore Ferragamo will once again present together “Elective Affinities”, an installation by Rodolfo Dordoni, architect, designer and creative director, as well as the author of some of the best-known Molteni&C collections.
The installation exhibited in the Salvatore Ferragamo boutique in via Montenapoleone, features items of furniture from the Gio Ponti collection, produced by Molteni&C according to the original designs held in the Gio Ponti Archives, along with reproductions of original documents belonging to the celebrated 20th-century maestro, and with designs from the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. An opportunity to explore the wealth of ideas, designs and inventions that have helped change the identity of our country and promote its economic and cultural identity. But also a chance to reflect on the origins of complex phenomena, such as fashion and design, and on the role they have played in establishing today’s creative industries.
Rodolfo Dordoni’s project evokes this rich heritage with an intriguing dose of outside influences, and reinterprets it in a contemporary key.
D. 270.2 Folding chair
Chair originally designed in 1970. The re-make is produced according to the original designs held in the Gio Ponti Archives. Solid wooden frame and fabric- or leather-covered expanded polyurethane seat and back. Also available in a rattan version.
D.655.2 Chest of drawers – Gio Ponti
Variations on a chest of drawers designed between 1952 and 1955. The re-make is produced according to the original designs held in the Gio Ponti Archives. It features hand-painted white drawer fronts with a selection of applied wooden handles (elm, Italian walnut, mahogany and rosewood). The elmwood frame is supported by satin-finish brass feet.
Designed in 1953, the D.153 armchair belongs to the furnishings of Gio Ponti’s private home in via Dezza in Milan. The re-make is produced according to the original designs held in the Gio Ponti Archives. The frame is made of satin-finish brass, the cover of two-tone leather or the dotted velvet designed for Rubelli.
A highly sophisticated and contemporary image for Sofia, the Maison’s iconic handbag.
A special creation for the Salone del Mobile, the bag displays an unusual style based on a harmonious mix of natural textures, fine leather and metallic details.
True to the Salvatore Ferragamo DNA, an exclusive version features a silky-smooth python and a combination of ponyskins in pop colors such as Red as well as sophisticated nuances such as antique Pink. It comes in two sizes: the medium version and a miniaturized one, like a little jewel bag. An eclectic blend of exclusive luxury and practicality, a piercing-effect – among the iconic characters of the new Ferragamo world – with the metallic detail of the Hook applied to the sides and handle transformed into a functional element.
Once again, Salvatore Ferragamo expresses its hallmark blend of hyper femininity and modernity.
From one of the most important patents preserved in the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. An opportunity to explore the wealth of ideas, designs and inventions that have helped change the identity of our country and promote its economic and cultural development. But also a chance to reflect on the origins of complex phenomena, such as fashion and design, and on the role they have played in establishing today’s creative industries.
The Salvatore Ferragamo patents make up a genuine techno-scientific library of inestimable value and reach in which you can re-trace Ferragamo’s individual creativity and technical expertise and take inspiration and ideas for new creations. Since Salvatore Ferragamo’s demise, the company has continued to pay close attention to safeguarding its own inventions, constantly patenting ornamental and functional models.
The patent represents the ”invisible” sandal, one of the most famous innovations of post-war fashion with the upper made of nylon fishing line and sculpted wedge heels. The sandal earned Ferragamo the “Oscar” of fashion, the Neiman Marcus Award. It has been reproduced from the original in the Ferragamo’s Creations line, devoted each season to re-making the Maison founder’s most celebrated models.