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wooden Stools in a showspace

Bottega Veneta presents custom-made Le Corbusier stools at Milan Fashion Week

The set design for the Bottega Veneta Autumn Winter 2024 womenswear show at Milan Fashion Week featured a special edition of Le Corbusier's LC14 Cabanon stool in burnt wood.

For the show in Milan, which was informed by the south of Italy, the fashion brand created an edition of 350 wooden stools.

These were burnt by hand, following a traditional Japanese scorching technique that was also used for the floor of the catwalk the models walked down.

catwalk with scorched wooden floor
The floor and the stools were scorched with the same technique

Placed around the scorched-wood show space were giant flowering cacti sculptures made from Murano glass.

Bottega Veneta creative director Matthieu Blazy said he wanted the set to convey "resilience and a feeling of hope".

"The floor is fired, the box stool is fired, the Murano glass cactus is fired," he added. "The cactus grows where nothing else can grow."

Murano glass cactus in the catwalk space
Giant flowering cacti were made from Murano glass

The LC14 Cabanon stools by Le Corbusier were produced with Italian manufacturer Cassina and in close collaboration with Fondation Le Corbusier.

The scorched-wood finish added by Bottega Veneta was said to give "natural protection to the wood while revealing the distinct patterns of the grain, making each stool in the series unique".

Originally, the stool was a whiskey box that Le Corbusier found and "repurposed a pragmatic thing that became a legend," Blazy said.

Atmospheric lighting on Bottega Veneta showspace
Models walked out into the atmospheric set

"The elegance is in the simplicity, honesty, and resilience," Blazy added.

Bottega Veneta has previously worked with other big design names to design flooring and seating at their shows.

Italian architect Gaetano Pesce – recently announced as Dezeen Awards 2024 judge – created a resin set and chairs for the brand's Spring Summer 2023 show.

The 400 bespoke Pesce chairs from the show were then exhibited and sold at Design Miami.

In a similar fashion, the Le Corbusier stools are destined for sale at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair where they will form part of an installation during Milan Design Week this April.

Other Bottega Veneta projects recently featured on Dezeen include Gaetano Pesce's first handbag design for the brand and the interior design of the latest retail space in the historic Milan Galleria.

Imagery is courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

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Stools in a row
Scorched wood set
Bottega Veneta catwalk in Milan
Glass cactus
Desert lighting on runway set
Murano glass flowering cacti
Close up of the glass flowering cacti
Bottega Veneta glass cacti for Milan Fashion Week