Armani's furniture focus
Giorgio Armani's furniture collection is a "big commitment" for him.
The 80-year-old has been at the forefront of the fashion industry for 40 years, starting his own company in 1975. Giorgio has also designed furniture and has his own chain of hotels which feature his creations.
"People think I design clothes, maybe they don’t think or know that I can do this,” he told WWD. “This is a big commitment for me; I spend a lot of time on these projects."
Giorgio is notoriously hands on with everything he does, and his furniture line is no exception.
The 40s and 50s are key inspirations for the Italian and his main aim is to create "reassuring and long lasting" pieces that will stand the test of time and “not be classifiable in one period.”
Oriental touches also feature in his latest collection and again, it's something Giorgio wants to have longevity.
"There are elements of faraway countries where the atmospheres tend to weaken now, so this is a way to remember them for the next generations," he added.
The range includes Japanese lanterns made in Murano glass and Asian graphics and patterns on decorative pillows. The designer has his go-to materials that he likes to use in his creations too.
"I adore walnut, the wood and the tree, strong, robust and imposing,” he said before focusing on an emerald-green pony hair sofa. “This is an object of desire — it’s a collection made up of [special] items."
For Giorgio, fashion and interiors have many parallels and just like clothing, he designs his furniture to be mixed and matched in a room.
"Yes, of course. You can’t have an all-around-Chinese home,” he laughed.