Housewarming by Fabrica x Airbnb
This year, Airbnb – the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company – joined forces with 19 students from the design think-tank Fabrica to inspire a sense of belonging during the Salone Del Mobile with Housewarming, an experiential installation at Palazzo Crespi. Airbnb and Fabrica’s partnership celebrated the connections that guests and hosts experience through sharing a home, and how these unique relationships begin with a simple welcome. 19 international designers have interpreted the concept of welcome and guests were invited to interact with the designers, who were installed in different parts of the Palazzo.
TLmag selected 3 students :
1. Mariana Fernandes with her Silkscreen post. She has decided to explore the relationship between her native Lisbon and Milan, the host city of the Housewarming exhibition. She has created a silk-screen postcard-printing station to print her illustrations onton postcards that she has collected from Milan.
2. Daniel Rous with his Tea. For his installation, Daniel has fun with the very English ritual of drinking tea, which is how British make people feel welcome in their home. He has created an intricate, hand-blown glass tea station in the Palazzo Crespi dining room and, because he knows people are very particular about their tea, he added a graphic element and offers different strenghts in a transparent glass. He also created the cups to drink the tea.
3. Chandni Kabra with her Flower Carpet. She specialises in understanding human behaviour. For her installation, she looked at how people in the modern world are constantly distracted. To pull people away from these distractions and draw them into the present, Chandni created her version of the traditional Indian rangoli, a colourful flower carpet that adorns the entrance of Indian homes to welcome important guests or celebrate festivals. After the show, the flowers will be dried and re-used as herbs or tea, so nothing will go to waste.
Pictures by Fabrica for Airbnb