Tomas Maier’s new Home Collection for Bottega Veneta is a study in how functional minimalism is the only true synonym for timelessness in the world of furniture and home accessories.
By Radhina Almeida Coutinho
For a man who has consistently shunned flash in favor of function (he told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year he has no patience for skirts you can’t walk in or bags that are heavy even before you load them up), it comes as no surprise that Tomas Maier’s newest Home Collection for Bottega Veneta is as beautifully practical as his clothes.
Maier’s emphasis on craftsmanship, rigorous engineering of even the simplest pieces and insistence on using quality materials are well known and respected in fashion circles. The German-born creative director of Bottega Veneta has always maintained that he seeks to produce timeless rather than trendy creations.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Bottega Veneta’s Home Collection unveiled during the Salone Del Mobile held in Milan in April. One of the main highlights of the 2016 Home Collection is a set of handmade bronze tables whose surface pays tribute to the house's signature woven leather intrecciato motif. The tables are a collaboration between Bottega Veneta and Italian designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone.
“The evolution of our Home collection has been purposefully gradual and deliberate, as we have never been interested in doing anything flashy or of-the-moment. That’s a problem in my industry; things come on and off the shelf so quickly. A lot of good stuff falls through the cracks. Leave it for a while, and let people look at it and discover it.” - Tomas Maier.
Other pieces have furniture classic written all over them. These include round arch tables that combine a bronze structure, honey veined travertine, or matte oak in Espresso or Ardoise colors, available in two models – an eight arch table and a five arch table. The Rudi collection made in collaboration with Poltrona Frau features a club chair, foot rest, three seating couch and a day bed available in velvet or linen, while a chest of drawers completely covered in suede or leather feature Bottega Veneta’s iconic bronze handles combined with a marble or wooden top.
Portrait by Martin Adolfsson courtesy of Bottega Veneta.