Porro stages a Japanese-inspired Christmas at their Milan space

‘In the mood for’ at Porro’s Duriniquindici showroom celebrates the company’s designs in collaboration with lighting brand Ambientec and plant artist Satoshi Kawamoto

Porro Japanese Christmas
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Porro transforms its Duriniquindici showroom for the festive period with a setting inspired by Japanese culture in collaboration with brands and designers who bring the space to life. 

‘In the mood for’ is Porro’s festive offering, gathering friends of the company in an installation that invites visitors to ‘rediscover the slow rhythm of the seasons and of holidays, the value of important ties and the joy of small things.’ Porro invited Japanese lighting brand Ambientec to present its cutting-edge portable lights and plant artist Satoshi Kawamoto to leave his mark on the space. 

Porro Japanese christmas

Piero Lissoni's Nebbia chair with Koi fish textile and Materic table with Turn+ portable lamp by Nao Tamura for Ambientec

(Image credit: Porro)

Throughout the showroom, textiles from the Japonaise collection Wiener Werkstätte’s Koloman Moser for German brand Backhausen complete Porro’s contemporary collections, with patterns inspired by Japanese culture and history. These include the Kite sofa and armchairs by GamFratesi featuring circular motifs in black and white, and the Nebbia chair by Piero Lissoni adorned in a combination of graphic motifs and stylised Koi. Elsewhere, Nicola Gallizia’s Lullaby armchair is completed with a black and white design inspired by Japanese rice fields, the armchair’s welcoming design perfectly matched the sinuous wavy pattern.

Kawamoto’s work also converses with the furniture by Porro: in the living space, for example, Lissoni’s monumental Ryoba and Materic wooden tables and Left bench both become a stage for his dramatic compositions of dried flowers, plants and leaves.

Porro Japanese christmas

Nicola Gallizia’s Lullaby armchair upholstered in textile inspired by Japanese rice fields, next to Sage portable lamp by Ambientec

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Dotted around the space are also Ambientec’s portable lights, enhancing the minimalist comfort of the setting and expanding Porro’s creative universe. These include the Hymn ‘candle-lamps’ by Hiroto Yoshizoe and the Turn+ lantern by Nao Tamura.

The house-like setting reads a note from Porro, ‘is the result of the mixture of different creative instances and the dialogue between apparently opposite worlds, which releases the enveloping warmth that comes from the harmonious union of differences.’

Porro Duriniquindici
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Porro showroom Duriniquindici

Kite sofa by GamFratesi and Left bench by Piero Lissoni

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.