Anyone who has a piece from Molteni&C in their home will know the beguiling beauty of this brand. Having had the exceptional creative mind of Vincent Van Duysen at its helm for six years now (the brand itself began in the 1930s), Molteni&C produces distinctly sleek and sophisticated collections.
Beyond its design prowess alone, however, it is the quality and craftsmanship of Molteni&C that has cemented its standing as a brand worth investing in. Not only is it one of the only furniture marques in the world with a production chain that is still 100 percent made in Italy (from materials to final products), but throughout its decades of history, it has remained a pioneer, perpetually at the forefront of trends to drive the evolution of the wider industry.
Now, having embarked on a creative collaboration with local retailer, Dawson & Co., the architectural team at Molteni&C have conceived a one-of-a-kind, private apartment in Auckland that showcases the brand like never before.
“When one of our clients introduced us to a private project which included an empty apartment with plenty of potential, we proposed a unique collaboration,” Scott Fisk of Dawson & Co. tells me. “The Molteni&C/Dada apartment is a private residence — part showcase, part accommodation — available for use overnight by invitation only and designed to give potential Molteni&C clients the rare opportunity to sleep, eat and live a Molteni&C life.” Indeed, those lucky enough to experience this new residential concept in person will be able to interact with Molteni&C collections that cannot be seen anywhere else in New Zealand, and gain insight into how certain pieces might be incorporated into their own homes.
Tucked away in one of Auckland’s leafy suburbs and surrounded by hospitality establishments, retail shops and private homes, the Molteni&C/Dada apartment’s unassuming exterior belies the beauty that unfolds beyond the threshold. A perfectly-appointed living and dining space is anchored by a Dada kitchen with a long, travertine bench-top and V-Zug appliances (including a refrigerator stocked with Champagne, wine, cheese, charcuterie and other essentials), while the main bedroom contains an awe-inspiring Gliss Master Wardrobe (a Van Duysen design that is quite possibly the most perfect wardrobe we have ever seen). The rest of the apartment is filled with a range of furniture from Molteni&C collections, where modern pieces stand alongside classics, including some that were originally designed more than 50 years ago by the likes of Gio Ponti, Tobia Scarpa and Yasuhiko Itoh — proving the inherently timeless nature of this heritage brand.
With no detail left unchecked (everything from the tiles to the tapware was conceived by the Molteni&C team in Italy), this apartment is truly a spectacular expression of the brand it showcases, putting into practice the precision and perfection that has long made Molteni&C one of the world’s most sought-after names in design.