Maarten Baas’ Unique Pieces Staged in Berluti Milan Store

On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile, from April 8th to 14th, Berluti will present the 4 exclusive pieces by the designer Maarten Baas. All created and developed in collaboration with and for the House in 2013 to celebrate the opening of its first store on the U.S coast in Miami, one valet, two mirrors - one of which is a shoe mirror - and a chaise longue will be presented for the first time in Europe. The central piece of the Berluti man’s dressing room, the valet, reflects the masculine universe of the Berluti house.

Baas’ first project with Berluti was for its Shanghai boutique in 2013 when he revealed his notorious fine-carved wooden interpretations of traditional furniture. Now again, Berluti is working with Maarten Baas around their common passion for off-the-wall and handcrafted pieces. Objects hand-modelled in Baas’ unique clay collection, the designer’s exclusive, synthetic resin-based clay which coats a metal structure to give it rounded softness. In reinterpreting these pieces, Maarten Baas is breaking the ground rules regarding classic furniture.

The foundations of Berluti date back to Paris in 1895 and have been built by four generations of the Berluti family, who cultivated an exceptional know-how in the mastery of last making, a deep understanding of fine footwear and a passion for leather and patina. Berluti today is far more than a bootmaker, in 2005 fine leather goods were introduced and, in 2011, with the appointment of Artistic Director, Alessandro Sartori, a complete clothing collection.

Today Berluti’s bespoke and ready-to-wear collections of shoes and clothing offer a vocabulary for menswear that is innovative yet faithful to its tradition. Attention to detail and respect for skill in cutting and assembling form the cornerstones of Berluti’s culture. In 2013, Berluti expanded its network of stores, including Maisons in Paris, London, Shanghai and Tokyo and soon New York. Further store openings are planned for 2014, while the flying-tailor service will disembark from Paris for overseas appointments in selected flagships.

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