Our offices definitely don’t look like this, but we wish they did.
Photographer: Andrea Delfino
Whether you long for a window desk, are pining for more greenery or just want a comfortable chair, dreaming about a would-be office space is a common pastime for workers across the world. So what would you do if eight of the best interior designers decided to overhaul your office, Milan Design Week-style? Celebrate, we’d imagine. For members of Vogue Italia’s staff, the dream came true this week as part of Salone del Mobile 2018, when editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti enlisted the help of experts to overhaul the publication’s Milan headquarters.
Designers Mario Bellini, Michael Bargo, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, Sabine Marcelis, Faye Toogood, Patricia Urquiola, Muller Van Severen and Quinconces-Dragò took part in the challenge, which is now open to the public.
“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,” Farneti said of the project.
Named ‘Life in Vogue’, the project saw editorial staff rooms transformed into the stuff of design dreams—think brand new furniture, overhauled lighting and themed spaces. Designer Faye Toogood took charge of the heart of the office, the editor-in-chief’s office. Equipped with furniture from her own Roly-Poly collection, Toogood utilised wallpaper to make a statement, all with a decidedly rounded aesthetic and offset in bright, natural colourways—perfect for the impending Milanese summer.
Flemish designers Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen were allocated the ‘ VogueTalents’ office space, transforming it into a collaborative, user-friendly room meant for creative thought. Removing clutter, the duo created a collage-inspired room “connected like in a 3D painting.” Including a three-function workspace (designed to work, read or store) and their Wire s#9 piece that doubles as library and nap area, the designers managed to wrangle the creativity of Vogue with the functionality of a creative space.
For the creative director’s office, Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis was tasked with the job of overhauling and refitting the room that brings the magazine to life. Using the concept of old and new trends, Marcelis chose to install a Vogue curtain to divide the room: a visual representation of before and after.
For Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, the task to reimagine the graphic artist’s office was a no brainer. Working closely with corporate clients for some years, the design duo had their sights set on the future of the workplace—drawing, of course, from the history of a brand like Vogue. “We wanted our proposal to illustrate the relationship between the aesthetics of fashion and the structure of design— like a single frame, only viewed from different angles,” they said of the finished project, describing the room as “comfortable, pleasant and inspiring.”
Designing two spaces was Patricia Urquiola, who transformed the current affairs’ editor’s offices. The world-renowned designer, who is best known for her collaborative approach to design and art, took colour and material to the next level, introducing two linked rooms with a focus on bold, statement-making pieces—to get that creativity flowing, naturally. “Two temperaments, two narrations. Two rooms set up in a sort of juxtaposition and continuity,” Urquiola described of the space.
For the magazine’s beauty room, New York-based art dealer Michael Bargo drew on cosmetics from the late 1960s and 1970s for inspiration. “The room’s walls are white and the carpet is bordeaux–so typical of what was in style back then. The furniture in the room includes a combination of pieces from that period, as well as those of European descent,” Bargo said, outlining his vision for the space. Complete with vintage advertising campaigns and products, the room is an ode to the beauty industry of the past.
Milanese architects David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung of Quincoces-Dragò & Partners were enlisted with overhauling the Vogue Italia meeting room. Drawing on international influences but outfitting the room with local products from Italian designers, the office space is an ode to all things Milan. A nod to the futuristic nature of contemporary design (note the clean lines) but a tribute to all things natural and past, the meeting room is finished in a tonal navy colour scheme.
The final piece of the puzzle, completed by architect Mario Bellini, was the “multi-sensory” corridor installation. Linking all the editorial rooms, Bellini drew on the attributes of a human spine as his inspiration—the connector of everything. 32 metres in total, the space is linked by a series of resinous wooden boards which line the walkway. Life in Vogue is open to the public until April 20 from 12pm to 8pm.
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