Interior design has somewhat been the foundation of Kris Van Assche’s creative vision at Berluti. For instance, the starting point for the artistic director’s debut runway show for Fall/Winter 2019 was a table that he spotted at the house’s workshop in Ferrara, Italy. The marble-topped workbench was used by Berluti artisans to hand-colour the signature Venetian leather shoes in their iconic patina. Following that, Van Assche also presented restored mid-century furniture at Art Basel in Miami last December.
His latest move for the Italian brand is introducing a line of decorative accessories. Taking the same approach as he does with other Berluti projects, Van Assche worked on this collection with three underlying ideas: newness, tradition and luxury. Through collaborations with artisans who work with wood, silver, brass and leather, he has taken Berluti’s patinas off the runway and into the home.
“I approach the project in the same way as everything I do at Berluti. Newness with Simon Hassan, tradition with Carl Auböck and Bottega Ghianda and the luxury of silver with San Lorenzo,” says the Belgian designer. “All Berluti projects should have these three dimensions.”
There are leather-lined silver bowls and boxes from Milanese silver specialist San Lorenzo, ebony-edged maple-wood trays and picture frames from Bottega Ghianda, five leather vases from the British designer Simon Hassan and, lastly, a series of deck accessories from the archives of Austrian modernist artist Carl Auböck.