Bring designer flair to your home with Fendi Casa
Itâ€™s not often you can find a sofa that will match your crocodile leather tote.
But for the past few years, Fendi, the Italian brand famous for its stilettos and handbags, has offered the kind of luxury home furnishings stylish enough to wear.
The line, which is sold exclusively in Hawaii at INspiration/Honolulu Design Center on Kapiolani Boulveard, boasts only the most luxurious and exclusive materials available, from damasks to printed leathers to precious furs. Its collection has every imaginable piece for the couture home including double-faced chenille armchairs, glass-blown light fixtures and a four-poster canopy bed in a pearlescent croc leather that costs nearly $32,000.
â€œThis line is for the fashion-forward person who wants to make a bold statement,â€ said Sandy Jenkins, sales associate at INspiration/Honolulu Design Center. â€œItâ€™s purely about that â€˜wowâ€™ factor.â€
Fendi began as a leather and fur shop in Rome in 1918. Nine decades later the line is a staple in high-end department stores and in the closets of fashionistas around the world. Its signature bags â€” including the Spy and the buckled B Bag â€” are in such high demand, sometimes there are waiting lists.
But when it launched its furniture collection â€” Fendi Casa â€” in Milan in 2004, the company introduced a new, decadent style of home furnishings consumers had never seen before â€” except for Fendi aficionados who will recognize the fashion influence from buckles to jewel buttons.
Fendi was one of the original lines carried by INspiration/Honolulu Design Center when it opened in January 2007.
Every piece of furniture â€” from platforms beds to coffee tables â€” are custom-made with an emphasis on craftsmanship, Jenkins said. Buyers can choose from a variety of colors, fabrics and leathers. (Fendi has perfected the art of embossed leather in luxurious hides such as iguana, lizard and snake.) Most pieces are handmade, from the stitching on leather sofas to the Murano glass chandelier that will set you back $17,000.
Many customers are lured by Fendiâ€™s seductive designs and sensual textures, Jenkins said. One example is the geometric swivel chair with a cut-gem shape that comes in either fabric or leather upholster ($4,500 each). Itâ€™s the kind of piece that easily becomes the focal point of a dining room.
Another is a very feminine petite sofa ($9,610) in a delicate croc-embossed leather that tapers around every curve.
These are all signature, conversation-starting pieces that can turn the drabbest room into something spectacular.
â€œThese are not everyday pieces,â€ Jenkins said. â€œThe person who chooses Fendi is a very special client. Itâ€™s not for just anybody.â€
One of her clients â€” who tends to have conservative tastes in both design and furniture â€” recently purchased a 7-foot mirror framed with a startling gold leather embossed with Fendiâ€™s signature logo for $4,500.
Jenkins was shocked â€” until her client explained her purchase.
â€œShe said, â€˜Why not feel spectacular when youâ€™re looking at yourself?â€™â€ Jenkins said, laughing. â€œAnd sheâ€™s right. Why not?â€
The Fendi collection is available exclusively at INspiration/Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd., 956-1250, www.honoluludesigncenter.com.