Lightness of gesture and the poetic sensibility of Saba‘s colour palette find numerous points of intersection with Antonio Marras‘s art, who for the occasion of the Salone del Mobile re-interprets the iconic collection of New York couches and lounge chairs, drawing from the charming textile combinations from his pre- collection for autumn-winter 2018/19. Saba through its slight re-adaption of Marras’s prints for furnishings, re- proposes maxi flowers, pied-de-poule, tartan and hunting scenes printed on velvet fabrics, linen and woollen cloth.
A part of the collection will be available for purchase exclusively at the Nonostante Marras‘ space, where there are a series of one-off pieces, diverging with unique painting renditions by the designer. Saba will also leave its signature on the Marras temporary bistrot with 60 New York chairs in ecru linen, hand painted as if they were canvases.
The performance and making of, behind the scenes of the project will be documented with a video made by the Sardinian director, Giulia Achenza, winner of the first edition of the Milan Fashion Film Festival.
In 1987 Antonio designed his first fashion collection.
In 1987 Saba was founded by Amelia.
We were born on the same day, the 21st of different months,
Antonio in Sardegna far from the noise of fashion, and I in Veneto where the word design was far away like America.
He familiarises himself with his calling thanks to the textiles from his father’s fabric shop, and I inhaled the perfumes of the fabrics in my mother’s dry cleaning business.
He loved art, dance, the theatre, and I loved philosophy and poetry. Nothing happens without a reason, the threads of our lives do not come together by chance.
Antonio became Antonio Marras the designer and the artist that has set the fashion world on its head spinning, re-writting its vocabulary with his poetic touch that puts seeming contradictions in harmony: decors, stratifications, sobriety and emphasis, masculine fabrics twisted with graceful embroideries.
Amelia creates an identity for Saba starting from a philosophical concept, tightened to overcome the dualism that divides the interior design world and specifically the production of furniture, from minimal and rational to classic and opulent style.
She initiates a project where the products whilst remaining loyal to a rigorous industrial nature are shifted and moved, they become deconstructed and their configuration is changed through light and feminine interventions without altering the mechanisms themselves.
The style that follows is brought to life by this research.
The couches precise forms are upholstered in vibrant colours and generous and warm textures.
I don’t know why but of all the designers that I followed I truly loved Marras’s story, maybe because I had red an article that talked about him and his secret design studio in Alghero.
I imagined him in that space surrounded by fragments of creative ideas and fabric samples and then I could see myself in my luminous office that overlooks the countryside full of plants and colours and my beloved floral collages in my peripheral vision hanging on the walls.
And then life led us to meet…
Amelia Pegorin (CEO Saba Italia)