Paul Smith x De Padova – Salone del Mobile 2022

Bringing together Paul Smith’s flair for colour and Boffi I DePadova’s distinctive modern aesthetic, the collaborative EVERYDAY LIFE collection spans artisanal sofas, armchairs, poufs, coffee tables, blankets, benches and trays.

Characterised by its clean lines and discreet use of colour, the collection’s starting point was Paul’s well-known phrase, “you can find inspiration in everything” and the notion that function and form are not mutually exclusive concepts. An homage to the value of craftsmanship, the pieces have been made with incredible attention to detail, utilising luxury fabrics and materials.

In particular, sustainability and low-impact innovative materials like hemp, kapok (a cotton-like seed fibre that is naturally organic, hypoallergenic, antibacterial and insulating) and recycled feathers are at the heart of the collection, as well as a responsible approach to production.

The colour palette is equally considered, with neutral, organic shades like ecru and brick red mixed with deeper tones like midnight blue and peacock green, as well as the hero hue, a soft lime green, which sings against the dark solid oak wood, rich leather and natural marble that anchors the collection.

An understated nod to the iconic Paul Smith Signature Stripe appears in the form of contrast stitching in Zig Zag, Cross and ‘Punto Cavallo’ stiches – itself a reference to traditional tailoring techniques – and in the leather straps that affix the upholstery on the sofas, while the juxtaposition of materials like wood and stone reference Paul’s love of the unexpected.

Paul says:

“I have total and absolute respect for DePadova and its history to which many design heroes of mine have contributed. I admire the uncompromising quality and functional aesthetics, so my touch is tucked in subtle and not so obvious details that present classic in a new light.”

Boffi | DePadova CEO, Roberto Gavazzi, says:

“Paul Smith is unique in the fashion world, with his distinctive style that has been able to stand out over time. We admire the way the colours reveal themselves in his creations with a surprise effect, and this is the spirit we wanted to bring to the collection.”