Smania furniture and accessories will be on display as part of the exhibition in Milan showcasing the pinnacle of table style, which runs between 25 January and 15 February at Royal Palace.
Smania – the brand that combines the best of classic and modern styles – will be one of the protagonists of the CONVIVIANDO exhibition: “l’arte della tavola tra passato e futuro” [CONVIVIANDO: the art of the table between the past and the future], which will showcase the pinnacle of mise en place and the art of entertaining throughout the centuries. The exhibition will be held in the stunning rooms of the Royal Palace’s Appartamenti del Principe.
The Smania range provides a snapshot of the art of the table, with a range of iconic objects reinterpreted according to more current trends and styles. The result is the daring beauty that characterises all Smania living furnitures and accessories.
The Rodrigo console table, with its linear structure, has a smooth, geometric feel emphasised by the table legs, where right angles alternate with perfect circles to great effect, with the use of hollow and filled sections further accentuated by the contrast between metal and wood. Meanwhile, the Nova table lamp is all about sophistication and elegance, enriching its surroundings with the shading and dark tones of its shiny finish. Five vases complete the table, underlining the artisanal mastery at play: Agave, in glass, which has an intense colour and a profound sense of beauty; Ambra, in glass, which features a seductive, vibrant yellow colour which evokes memories of the ancient art of artisanal manufacturing; Ares, in ceramic, which has a shiny finish and stunning gold detailing and is available in two sizes, one slimmer and one more rounded; Calla, with its unique curved decorations on the sides and intense colour; and Melissa, which is all about its intense, joyful, luminous yellow colour.
The exhibition winds its way through the ten rooms that make up the historic Appartamenti del Principe, focusing on ten different arrangements drawn from the various centuries. The displays are inspired by ten Italian and international films which feature convivial moments of particular historic, cultural or social interest. The ten concepts use ideas, sets, colours and symbolism to evoke styles and trends associated with the table through time. The stunning surroundings of the Royal Palace provide a prestigious backdrop for pieces from Smania’s collections, which are located in the room dedicated to the film “A Single Man”. This concept is all about 1960s glamour, striking the perfect balance between elegance and sartorial traditions to reflect the distinctive aesthetics found in every Smania furniture for living room.
The exhibition is promoted and organised by the City of Milan|Culture, the Royal Palace, HOMl and the Salone degli Stili di Vita di Fiera Milano. It is curated by Cinzia Felicetti, the director of Marie Claire Maison Italia, and is open every day, free of charge.
It is a fascinating collection where Smania products stand side by side with many precious objects designed and manufactured in a range of eras. Together, they bear testament to the way culture and style have evolved and transformed when it comes to the art of the table.
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