Suddenly our Ikea furniture is looking a little lackluster. Even the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa we shelled out a month’s salary for isn’t standing up. That’s because we’ve caught a glimpse of décor designed by Angela Missoni and Chiara Ferragamo (Massimo’s wife).
As part of a traveling project called Barrique – The Third Life of Wood more than 30 leading furniture designers (plus those fashion collaborators) crafted exclusive items out of repurposed wine barrels (barriques, in Italian).
Not only are the items on the eco-friendly trend (recycling!), they have a philanthropic angle. The collection is being produced at the San Patrignano rehabilitation facility in Italy, which provides rehab completely free of charge to drug addicted adults. Famed Italian wood designer Maurizio Riva conceived of the project after visiting the facility in 2012, and seeing an opportunity to bring back the craft of salvaging barrels, while helping patients at the clinic gain crafting skills.
As the pieces travel around the United States, hitting mainly galleries on the East Coast, items are available for sale with proceeds going, you guessed it, back to San Patrignano. See portraits of the designer collabs and even more enviable home goods in the gallery below, plus a few on display at SoHo’s Poltrona Frau Showroom this weekend.