Focus/20. Conversations in Design: Peter Marino x Rubelli, an ode to Venice.

Part of the Focus/20 virtual programme, “Conversations in Design” brings together designers, industry insiders and media hosts to keep the community inspired with engaging conversations online.

Joining design writer Charlotte Abrahams for one of the first virtual talks hosted by How To Spend It were internationally acclaimed architect Peter Marino and Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli, CEO of Venetian fabric house Rubelli. The two discussed the inspiration behind Marino’s capsule collection for the legendary textile company established in 1858.

Recognised for his commercial, cultural, residential and retail architectural designs that have helped redefine modern luxury worldwide, Marino has a distinct, irreverent and sophisticated style. With previous collaborations including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Bulgari, Zegna and Fendi, Peter Marino highlights materiality, texture, light and colour through his work.

Peter Marino is also the chairman of Venetian Heritage, a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the artistic and cultural heritage of Venice. It is this role that sparked his collaboration with Rubelli, Peter Marino for Venetian Heritage. A celebration of the architect’s deep connection to the city and commitment to its cultural patrimony, the collection incorporates textures and colours inspired by Venice’s canals and unique light.

As Venice residents notice an improvement in the water quality following the recent lockdown, Peter Marino’s collection for Rubelli takes on a whole new meaning,  representing the beautiful hues that Marino himself was so inspired by.

Peter Marino for Venetian Heritage includes three silk jacquards in a rich palette of salmon pink, glossy white, aqua and icy blue – colours that come to life thanks to innovative weaving techniques that replicate the gentle movement of the waves in Venice. Featuring irregular lines adding texture to the silky satin, the fabrics capture the rippling waters of this magical city, with the endless interplay of light and colour.

Marino’s love for Venice, combined with Rubelli’s deeply rooted heritage, has resulted in a truly authentic partnership. A beautiful love letter to the Italian city of romance, the collection will help restore Venice’s art, with part of the profits to be donated to the Venetian Heritage Foundation.