Milan is the legacy fashion and design capital, dotted with cosy haunts for ultimate collectibles. One such iconic furniture gallery among the winding cobbled streets of the Italian city, is Nilufar by Nina Yashar.
Much like the idiosyncratic style of the owner (head wrapped in a beautiful scarf, body enveloped in layers of luxurious fabric and OTT earrings perfectly in place), her keen eye extends to the way she curates her gallery space dedicated to furniture and lighting.
There are modular tables made borrowing jewellery manufacturing techniques like ‘cold enamel’, art-deco arm chairs, and wall-lighting that Yashar compares to an artwork filling up a space with emotions. Transforming spaces is no new concept to the aesthete. So when Salone 2019 came around in April (the annual Milan furniture fair, where design stalwarts come together with buyers and experts from the industry), Saloni stood up to the challenge of a first its kind fashion brand takeover of the gallery. The result? Windows displayed with our sweetest dresses. As you walked to the corner of Via della Spiga, the gallery’s windows greeted you with animated Saloni dresses, almost humanised, and in contact with furniture and illustrations by artist and gallery owner, Jean Blanchaert.