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Marco Zanini carves out a marble marvel for Santoni Edited S/S 2018

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The presentation design of Marco Zanini’s second ready-to-wear collection for Italian shoe and accessories brand Santoni was inspired by the marble and stone collection of the 20th-century architect Piero Portaluppi. The visionary behind Casa Degli Atellani and Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, Portaluppi had acquired a collection of marble fragments – an assemblage that Zanini and the Santoni team patiently shot.

These images, in a variety of shades and crystal patterns, were then blown up into panels, creating a patchwork-like wallpaper of sorts in the boxy presentation space at Palazzo Clerici. The new collection – featuring colourful silk bowling shirts, basket weave leather sandals and archive Lion’s mill prints – was dotted around the walls of the space, and presented on marble wallpaper-topped plinths.

The space – conceived under the creative direction of Zanini, the curation of Italian journalist Angelo Flaccavento and the art direction of Pomo – was a visual counterpart to the book Edited Trip. The publication, shot by Wallpaper* collaborators Hill & Aubrey (and the sequel to last season’s Edited Milano), features an array of images of Portaluppi’s original marble collection alongside Zanini’s designs.  

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