Bottega Veneta and Fondation Le Corbusier unveil “On the Rocks” for Milan Design Week

Bottega Veneta and Fondation Le Corbusier unveil “On the Rocks” for Milan Design Week

by Ollie Cox
3 min

Matthieu Blazy and Bottega Veneta have partnered with Cassina and Fondation Le Corbusier for “On The Rocks,” a large-scale installation as part of Milan Design Week. Held within the Palazzo San Fedele, the space has been transformed under Matthieu Blazy’s Creative Direction. The installation itself focuses on the LC14 Tabouret Cabanon, an embodiment of Le Corbusier’s excellence. 

The LC14 stool was initially designed by Le Corbusier for his own cabin at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur. The space was no bigger than 3.66 metres by 3.66 metres, and thanks to its simple and sophisticated use of space and furnishings, it was hailed as an expression of minimalism. From within this coastal bliss, Le Corbusier would carve his name as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. 

The Tabouret, in its elegant yet understated beauty, was inspired by a wooden whiskey box that Le Corbusier discovered washed on the rocks beneath his cabin. With meticulous attention to detail, exemplified through dovetail joints that accentuate the connecting points between solid wood pieces, the stool has withstood the test of time as a symbol of elevated minimal design. 

For its Fall/Winter 2024 collection, Matthieu Blazy commissioned special editions of the LC14 for show guests, which will feature as part of the Milan Design Week presentation. On top of this, Bottega Veneta will present limited-edition tribute designs using its signature leatherwork, offering a colourful contrast to the charred woodwork techniques applied to the original. Leather iterations are available in four colours: Red, Yellow, Blue, and “Raintree Green,” and showcase the Intreccio foulard techniques intrinsic to the design principles of the House. These fusions of fashion and furniture are handwoven at Bottega Veneta’s artisanal atelier in Montebello, near Vicenza. 

The detail doesn’t stop there. For each leather design, a special brushwork technique covers the leather with coloured paint, which is then followed by an additional layer of black paint. It is then partially stripped to create a unique textured finish, making each piece one-of-a-kind. 

In a campaign for the installation, lensed by Pierre Debusschere, Anok Yai is pictured holding the leather tribute to the Tabouret against a weathered painted brick wall, with the unique leather stool providing energising pops of colour. For Yai, working on the shoot was a way to celebrate “such an iconic piece of design,” where “the versatility of the Tabouret created a real sense of openness and ease.” 

Bottega Veneta’s Milan Design Week installation is reflective of the House’s commitment to craft and creativity, which extends beyond clothing and into art installations, print magazines, and homeware. “On The Rocks” follows “Tokyo Playtime,” an exhibition with Alec Soth, who shot Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2024 lookbook. 

“On The Rocks” is open to the public from April 16-20. It will give visitors a chance to experience the Palazzo San Fedelem, which will become Bottega Veneta’s headquarters from September 2024, and will also host regular cultural moments. 

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