By Alice Morby
For an exhibition called Life In Vogue, currently on show as part of Milan design week, eight designers have temporarily put their own mark on different offices within Vogue Italia’s headquarters.
As well as Bellini, Toogood and Urquiola, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Emanuele Farneti, invited Michael Bargo, Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel, Sabine Marcelis, Muller Van Severen and Quinconces–Dragò to each take part.
“Even though the idea of making life at the office more similar to life at home has been tossed around for many years now, nobody has ever gone so far as to present the office as the object of an authentic interior design intervention,” said Farneti.
“Life in Vogue is a project that puts a new spin on the editorial staff rooms in consonance with various contemporary stylistic features – as seen through the eyes of some of the world’s most renowned interior designers and architects,” she added.
British designer Toogood was tasked with updating Farenti’s own office. She has covered the walls in hand-painted fabrics decorated with face motifs and used her Roly Poly collection to furnish the space.
The focus of the room is placed on a ceramic sculpture by Toogood, named Family Bust No 3.
Muller van Severen, made up of Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen, were given the Vogue Talents office. Here, they kept books, notes, gifts and accessories on the shelves – but applied their own minimal style throughout the rest of the room.
For furniture, they chose their own Desk + Low Table + Lamp piece, which allows the user to work in three different ways. Their wire beds offer the team a place to have a rest, reaffirming their belief that “relaxing is an important part of a productive workday”.
Further down the corridor, Rotterdam-based Sabine Marcelis has transformed the creative director’s office into two sections divided by a curtain. Visitors enter into an all-yellow room, but the curtain hides a totally white space intended to represent a blank page waiting for ideas.
Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel aimed to “illustrate the relationship between the aesthetics of fashion and the structure of design” in their revamp of the graphics office.
Walls are covered in the covers of old issues, while room dividers allow workers to split up their space as they wish.
For the current affairs office, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola created two room interiors both intended to reflect the role of work in the modern world. Blue tones are used throughout, paired with retro-style furniture pieces.
Art dealer Michael Bargo covered the beauty offices in vintage advertising campaigns and classic perfume bottles, while David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung, head architects at Quincoces-Dragò & Partners, looked to Italian tradition for the meeting room.
Finally, the corridor features a long line of wooden boards that have been lined up in an uneven pattern. Architect Mario Bellini likened his design to “the spine of a human being”, connecting each room in the office.
The Vogue Italia offices are open to the public for the duration of Milan design week, from 17 to 22 April.
Elsewhere in the city, Raw Edges has installed a series of spinning lights inside a vast exhibition space, and COS has created a wall of mirrors in the courtyard of a historic palazzo.
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