During Salone del Mobile 2016 Marni transformed its space at Viale Umbria 42 into a ballroom, named Marni Ballhaus.

After Looking For Marni, the total theatre event that showcased its eyewear line, Marni explored a different area of performing arts and used dance to create a link between the new design collection and the traditions of Colombia, the country that inspired it.

An invite to discover Cumbia, an ancient Colombian dance for couples that arose from a blend of diverse rhythms and cultures. Marni has put its own individual slant on it, customising the traditional full circular skirts worn by Cumbia dancers and the knotted scarves the men wear around their neck.

Cumbia’s colourful choreography formed the backdrop for the presentation of Marni’s new home furnishing accessories range, created exclusively for Milan Design Week: chairs, chaise longues and rocking chairs sit alongside numerous small tables, lamps and vases made of metal, wood and hand-woven PVC cord in brilliant colour combinations. The items on display had all been made in Colombia by a group of women who have gained independence and freedom through work.

And do note this: Marni Ballhaus reaffirms the brand’s commitment to charitable initiatives, as a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the design items will be donated to the Vimala Association (www.ass-vimala.org), which supports numerous children’s projects.

[All skirts made in the iconic Marni fabrics, also available in children’s sizes are sold exclusively on Marni.com.]