Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

The Sardinian fashion designer reinterprets the iconic New York collection of sofas and small armchairs

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Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art
16/04/2018 - The lightness of gestures and the poetry of the typical colours used by Saba have several aspects in common with the art by Antonio Marras who, on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile, reinterprets the iconic New York collection of sofas and small armchairs, drawing his inspiration from the unprecedented textile combinations of the Fall/Winter pre-collection 2018/19.

Saba, meticulously readapting prints on furniture supports, reproposes big-sized flowers, hound’s-tooth fabrics, tartan and hunting scenes on velvet, linen and wool fabrics. Some elements, which can only be bought in the space Nonostante Marras, will be presented as unique pieces and characterised by drawings made by the fashion designer.

Antonio Marras and Amelia Pegorin, founder of Saba Italia,have met for the fist time at the Design Week 2017 at Archiproducts Milano on the occasion of the performanceDuetti-Duelli (Duets-Duels). Partite a scacchi sul disegno(Chess plays on drawing) curated by Francesco Maggiore and Francesco Moschini has seen a four-hand design between Antonio Marras and Vincenzo D’Alba.

'I don’t know why among all fashion designers I have followed and loved the path by Marras, maybe because one day I read an article talking about him and his secret laboratory in Alghero', tells Amelia Pegorin. 'I imagined him in that room among fragments of stories and scraps of materials and then I could see myself in a shining office staring at the country, full of plants and specimen of colours and my flower collages on the walls. And then life made us meet...'

People never meet by chance, we have met with our pencils, because there was a plan.” Antonio Marras

Saba will also design the temporary bistro Marras with 60 linen ecru-coloured New York chairs, hand-painted like on cavases. The performance and the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the project will be documented with a video shot by the Sardinian director Giulia Achenza, winner of the first edition of the Fashion Film Festival Milano.

Differences and similarities
'In 1987 Antonio designed his first fashion collection. In 1987 Amelia founded Saba. We were born on the same day, on the 21st of different months, he was born in Sardinia, away from the noise of fashion, I was born in Veneto, where the word ‘design’ was as distant as America. He got familiar with fabrics in his father’s fabric workshop, I breathed the scents of the fabrics in my mother’s laundry. He loved art, dance, theatre, I loved philosophy and poetry. Then chance wove the plot of our lives, but not by chance.

Antonio has become Antonio Marras, artist and fashion designer, who made fashion seize up by rewriting its vocabulary with his poetry, able to balance seeming contradictions: decorations, layers, sobriety and emphasis, male fabrics upset by graceful embroideries.

Amelia has designed the identity for Saba starting from a philosopical concept aimed at going beyond the dualism separating the world of living and, in particular, the production of padded products, between a minimalist-rational and a classic-opulent style. She has designed a project path in which products, even remaining faithful to a rigorous industrial project, move, change their place, break up and change their configuration only through light and feminine gestures without the intervention of external mechanisms. And the resulting style breathes and feed on such a research. The precise shapes of the sofas are dressed with vibrant colours as well as generous and welcoming textures
.' Amelia Pegorin (CEO Saba Italia)

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Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

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Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

Saba Meets Antonio Marras' Art

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