The world of Bottega Veneta Home has subtly blossomed from a series of one-off pieces into a healthy full-scale collection that can easily cover every square inch of one's house. The metamorphosis, like all things under the careful watch of creative director Tomas Maier, has occurred with slow and smooth calibration.
'We've purposefully been building gradually but this has now turned into a very serious business,' Maier remarked at Bottega Veneta's Headquarters. 'It's no longer just about a single chair.'
The latest collection, presented during Milan's Salone del Mobile, shows the evolution of this carefully considered collection. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, Maier has filled out the collection's existing families and reworked hero pieces in new materials and finishings.
Lighting, for example, has been significantly boosted with the addition of oversized hand-woven ceiling lamps, a self-sufficient lamp that stays lit for six hours and a bulbous transparent table lamp made from hand-blown Murano glass. Bottega's signature foldable camp chair has a new high stool, the sawhorse table has been sawed in half to reduce its width, glassware has been blown in ash and cigar tones, and flatware comes in a new blackened steel finish. 'These are all easily place-able accessories for the house,' Maier explains. 'They're easier to buy than a couch.'
Key to the collection is Maier's expanded eye on materials. He has introduced veiny marble, tactile wood and plush velvet into the collection for the first time, including a gold and black Tunisian marble dining table, wooden bookshelves inset with flush strips of leather trim, and beefy couches in yellow mohair velvet. Oak comes in four different finishes, allowing pieces to work in a light, feminine boudoir to a more masculine bedroom in an instant. The feeling is rich and warm, and everything is as expensive as it looks.
'People buy these pieces because they are keepers,' Maier says. 'Everything is built to last.'