The roaring tigers and bright-red snakes that have weaved their way into Gucci’s fashion collections under creative director Alessandro Michele are now cropping up on a kaleidoscopically coloured range of cushions, chairs and scented candles, as the label launches its new homeware line.
The Gucci Décor collection is irrepressibly eclectic, and will be rather aptly placed throughout stores rather than kept in one dedicated area, integrating with the fashion lines from which it has taken its lead.
The velvet cushions (from £795) come in a variety of shapes, some with tassels, some with broader-than-average trims: there is one in pink with a grey cat’s head surrounded by a garland of yellow flowers; one in red featuring a giant bee; and one in a deep green with a bold gold tiger’s head. Some of the same designs appear on wooden dining chairs (£1,830) that have been lusciously lacquered: the bee is on a deep burgundy version that contrasts wonderfully with chintzy upholstery, while one painted pillar-box red is given a pink cushion (with a grey cat’s head), as if to test just how far the rulebook on patterns and colour combinations can be rewritten.
There are jaunty metal trays (£795) topped with serpents (whose black and white stripes interweave with those of the tray itself); a folding metal table (£895) featuring a hypnotic circular tiger pattern; and striking screens (from £17,820) covered in either pineapples or octopuses. Taking one of the trends of the year to a new level, Gucci has also created statement silk vinyl wallpaper (from £110) featuring the house’s classic floral design.
The animal motifs, meanwhile, appear again on 3D-printed porcelain incense holders (£140) featuring stag beetles and bees, and to round out the collection Michele has worked with renowned Florentine ceramics company Richard Ginori (which was acquired by Gucci in 2013) on a set of idiosyncratic candles (£160) filled with newly created scents, including Inventum (made with ancient damask rose, birch, orange leaves and beeswax) and Herbosum (tomato leaf, basil and lemongrass).