With bright colors, rich patterns, and futuristic forms that would make Verner Panton drool, Italian homewear company MissoniHome has recently completed their first fully-branded residential tower, the 52-story Acqua Livingstone in Manila, Philippines. The project is the fourth tower of six in the $315.9 million Acqua Private Residences project, developed in the Philippine capital by Century Properties Group. MissoniHome is the home goods branch of Missoni, the fashion line whose colorful patterns and prints attempt to elevate knitwear to artform. Set in the lush tropical environment of the Phillipines, the tower is a "lifestyle experience," and features not only vibrant interior design and arresting furniture, but also a skydeck, called "The Canopy." The Canopy’s lower level includes a business center, an indoor and outdoor gym, Jacuzzi, a library and spa. The upper level is a social and entertainment space with an amphitheatre, lounge, DJ booth and dance floor, pool with swim up bar, and barbecue facilities. Click on a thumbnail to launch the slideshow.
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MissoniHome @ DDC Design Post 181 Madison Avenue 212 685 0800 Missoni, an Italian fashion house famous for its use of colorful fabrics and patterns, has finally launched its first American "lifestyle" showroom inside New York's DDC Design Post. MissoniHome's product line had previously been available separately at various locations, but now design-minded consumers can browse towels, rugs, and bedding at one destination. The entire collection is housed inside a 200-square-foot showroom dressed seasonally by the Missoni Studio team. Wanda Jelmini, creative director at T&J Vestor, the textile manufacturer for MissoniHome, said this one-stop experience is a good thing. Missoni started as--and still is--a family business, and Jelmini, the niece of the fashion house's co-founder Rosita Missoni, proudly emphasizes the company's philosophy: harmony. There are a plethora of colors available, knit into dynamic geometric patterns such as the company's iconic zigzags and waves. While the combination of such bold colors and patterns in less skilled hands could be tiring to the eyes, here the result is surprisingly soothing. Currently, the showroom bursts with springtime hues--carrot orange, sunny yellow, and warm reds--arranged in simple stripes and blown-up florals in lycra and mekora (silk and cotton blend). Fabric-covered hanging lanterns add to the vernal atmosphere. In the age where it is usually safer to play minimalist, MissoniHome boldly continues an enduring maximalist tradition.