The most Instagrammed project of Salone del Mobile, designer Marc Ange’s ‘Le Refuge’ – an oversized lounger comprising a cushioned bed protected by a parasol of stylised palm leaves – offered much-needed respite from the sun, as well as a welcome dose of candy-pink frivolity at what can be a very serious furniture fair.

The project – presented at Wallpaper’s annual Handmade exhibition, at Mediateca Santa Teresa – was designed by Ange as the first product in a new venture with The Invisible Collection, a design retail platform offering bespoke pieces to private clients. Trained as a car designer, Ange is the Rome-born, Paris- and LA-based founder of creative agency Bloom Room, which specialises in what he calls ‘extraordinary design’, applied to interiors, furniture, brand identity and automotive projects.

His lounger was set within an immersive outdoor installation created by The Green Gallery, an online magazine that promotes plants and flowers as inspiration for art and design. A lush tunnel of exotic greenery marked the passage between the real world and the designer’s fantasy. ‘Le Refuge is a place where one finds comfort and peace. It is the projection of a childhood memory,’ says Ange. ‘Its large leaves form a shelter under the sun, away from reality.’

As originally featured in the July 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*220)