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Italian fashion house Marni brought Colombia to Italy to showcase a colorful, cumbi-inspired furniture collection at Milan Design Week.

Featuring lamps, loungers, chairs and bags, each item was fabricated using Marni’s signature hand-woven PVC cord, and made by a group of Colombian women who gained independence and freedom through work.

The installation itself, “Marni Ballhaus,” celebrated Colombian culture and in particular the ancient dance of cumbia, which gave rise to what is now one of the most popular music genres in Latin America. Traditional skirts worn by cumbia dancers floated above and around the hall, serving as a vibrant backdrop to live spoken word, music and dance performances.

Head over to Marni.com for more information about the design pieces, and for more from Milan Design Week, be sure to check out COS’s stunning “Forest of Light” installation.

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