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Despite the threat of rain in Milan last night, the only thing that got wet at T’s party in celebration of Salone del Mobile was a series of curving polystyrene sculptures that bobbed in the pool of the legendary Villa Necchi Campiglio as guests sipped negronis in the surrounding gardens. The sculptures were studies for massive concrete planters recently stationed outside Milan’s La Rinascente department store by the Italian architect Andrea Tognon. To celebrate T’s Design issue, for which Tognon created a special one-off chair from concrete and fur, editor in chief Hanya Yanagihara invited Tognon to fill the villa inside and out with prototypes and models of his furniture. “We played a little bit with the idea that the Villa Necchi is our design workshop,” he said.

Though it was T’s third time hosting a party at the villa during Salone, it was the first time that the event featured contemporary pieces installed among the original furnishings of the 1930s home, designed by Piero Portaluppi and famously featured in the film “I Am Love.” Guests including Angela Missoni, the designer Yves Béhar, Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli of the design firm Studio Peregalli, the designer Ashley Hicks and Gucci C.E.O. Marco Bizzarri, enjoyed antipasto and chatted about the installations they’d seen that day. “It’s a bit squishy in here,” one guest laughed as he attempted to navigate from the bar to the back of the garden, where Tognon had installed a dozen huge, colorful flags along the wall. But at least there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

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