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Milan Design Week 2015: Marni Mercado de Paloquemao

Inspired by the market in Bogota, the Italian fashion label creates a stunning installation

by Paolo Ferrarini
on 15 April 2015
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This year at Milan Design Week, Italian fashion label Marni (founded and led by designer founded by Consuelo Castiglioni) has turned its space into a visually stunning market. Inspired by Bogotá's famous Mercado de Paloquemao—a market full of bright fruits, vegetables, flowers, as well as fish, meats and plenty of colorful characters—Marni's installation draws on bold, bright colors and the energy of the marketplace. The installation displays tropical fruits along with one-of-a-kind objects that were handmade in Colombia by a group of women who have found financial independence through their talent, determination and work.

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Stunning chairs, stools, fruit bowls and baskets (some shaped as fruits themselves) and bags made from metal and PVC and are displayed around sprawling tables, which are covered in seemingly countless pineapples, soursops, zapotes, bananas and curubas. The contrast between the industrial space and the jovial fruits on display is stark, but perpetuates a sense of cheeriness that's undeniable.

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"Marni Mercado de Paloquemao" is on view now through 19 April from 10AM to 7PM. This weekend— Saturday, 18 April and Sunday, 19 April—visitors are invited to enjoy smoothies and juices made on-site. The proceeds of the sale of refreshements will be donated to various charitable organizations.

Images courtesy of Paolo Ferrarini

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