Young Designers with Fresh Perspectives Are Breaking Onto The Dolce & Gabbana Scene.
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Dolce&Gabbana‘s designs exhibited at Milan Design Week 2023 were picked among 10 up-and-coming international designers. The GenD initiative, which stands for Generation Designers, was created specifically by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to express their forward-thinking nature, a fundamental component of the business since its inception, in the area of furniture design.
The Dolce&Gabbana GenD Artistic Collaboration project for the 2023 Salone del Mobile Milano is a unique initiative by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to express their forward-thinking nature in furniture design. The project aims to build cultural bridges between the brand’s rich innovation and its connection to Italy and the rest of the world. The project involves an artist residency program, giving 10 up-and-coming designers from different parts of the world the chance to learn about some of the most important Italian artisanal crafts.
The impact of the collaboration is significant as it provides a platform for young designers to showcase their skills and creativity while building cultural connections with the luxury brand. This collaboration also allows Dolce&Gabbana to expand its creative horizons beyond fashion and into the realm of furniture design.
In the past, Dolce&Gabbana has collaborated with various artists, including Italian painter and sculptor Mimmo Paladino, who designed a collection of limited edition handbags for the brand, and Chinese artist Zhang Enli, who created a series of paintings for the brand’s Shanghai store.
The 10 up-and-coming designers selected for this project represent a range of diverse backgrounds and styles. The designers were given the opportunity to experiment with various Italian artisanal crafts, resulting in intricate and sophisticated pieces that showcase their unique approach and interpretation of the luxury brand’s key elements.
The designers were given the opportunity to experiment with Murano blown glass, Sicilian ceramics, metal carpentry, cabinet-making, terracotta craftsmanship, wicker, fine wrought iron, metal castings, and the extremely rare technique of metal enameling, in accordance with their knowledge and personal preferences.
The end products are incredibly intricate and sophisticated pieces, often using cutting-edge production techniques which have allowed these young designers to experiment first-hand its manual creation. With their unique approach and styles each piece represents just how they have been able to interpret the company’s key elements.
“Cultural connections that give a nod to the way we live today and that bring items that may be considered jewels into our homes: triumphant lemons and embellished floor sweepers, memento souvenirs and light-emitting cacti, sensory curtains and kaleidoscopic vases…” Dolce&Gabbana.
Dolce&Gabbana partners with FAI – Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano
Dolce&Gabbana also announced it becomes an institutional partner of FAI – Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to protecting Italy’s artistic, cultural, and natural heritage. United in their mutual commitment to preserving Italian beauty.