Marni‘s contribution to the 2014 Salone, was a very beautiful “Animal House” show at its Viale Umbria gallery space, one populated by a brightly coloured menagerie of metal and PVC beasts from giraffes and donkeys to ostriches and flamingos.
Now in its third year at the Salone, this time Marni collaborated with a group of Colombian women rather than prisoners ( years 1 & 2 ) to produce unique hand made colorful basket-woven chairs, side tables and metal wire animals.
These new limited edition products will join the Marni charity project.
The women, most of whom are single mothers, live in and around a town called Iza in the rural Andean region of Columbia.
The money the women receive from the project, allows them both to educate their children and often pays for further education for themselves too.
However, the Marni deployed workshop also performs a social function, helping newcomers integrate into the local community.
The furniture project links the concept of modularity, allowing interpretation in different compositions and it is this idea of individuality and unique combinations which remains reflective of Marni’s brand’s aesthetic.
The bright colours convey a naïve, yet graphic effect, which is distinctive of Marni
In conjunction with the Salone, the online magazine of Marni , will be devoted entirely to Animal House and the story of the life and work of the women who worked on the project .