ART & DESIGN

Silvia Venturini Fendi brings Fendi into contemporary design

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Photographer: Guido Mocafico

From expertly tooled leather to gold-dipped fur, artisan-produced fashion is how Fendi built its name. Now, as William Middleton reports, Silvia Venturini Fendi is bringing the house’s devotion to the handmade into a new realm: contemporary design.

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Photographer: Guido Mocafico

One of designer Nacho Carbonell’s Beasts, constructed from scraps of Fendi leather

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A spiral-sheared wild mink cape from Fendi’s fall-winter 1971–72 collection.

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Photographer: Guido Mocafico

A fabric and leather Fendi Pequin trunk, 1986

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Photographer: Guido Mocafico

Simon Hasan’s Beauty & the Boiled Beast vase from “Craft Punk.”

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Photographer: Guido Mocafico

Peter Marigold’s Qow table, constructed from Fendi leather

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A selection of Fendi’s famous Baguettes from 1999 to 2001.

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Venturini Fendi with Chris Lasch (left) and Benjamin Aranda of ArandaLasch, at Design Miami 2010.

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A patchwork piece from ArandaLasch’s “Modern Primitives” series

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A “Modern Primitives” object draped in a Fendi cover for Design Miami 2010

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A Pleated Pleat chair, constructed by Raw Edges during Fendi’s “Craft Punk” show, 2009

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Venturini Fendi with Kwangho Lee and Ambra Medda at “Craft Punk.”

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Bianca Brandolini d’Adda with Venturini Fendi’s daughter Delfina Delettrez Fendi at the Fendi-sponsored “Design Vertigo” exhibit in Milan, 2010

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OK Go performing at the Fendi-sponsored “Stereo Craft” event in Miami, 2009

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A Gibson guitar tricked out by Fendi for “Stereo Craft.”