Missoni patriarch legacy of fashion, design


Victoria Sanchez says her two children provided inspiration for this teen space. Her design includes vintage furniture and pieces found on eBay and at CB2. An infusion of Missoni fabrics and accessories (an area rug, ottoman, pillows, curtain panels and fabriccovered ceiling fixture) complete the look. The paintings are the work of Takoma Park artist Joan Belman. ((John McDonnell/The Washington Post))

Missoni, the family company of Ottavio “Tai” Missoni who died Thursday at age 92 at his family home in Sumirago, Italy, was known for bold patterns in its line of clothing as well as home furnishings.

In recent years, its stylish mix of iconic zig zag prints and bright colors as part of Missoni Home caught on for sofas, fabrics and lighting. They even created a collection of Missoni housewares for Target in 2011, which was so hot, it crashed the Target website.

As the patriarch of the family, Tai Missoni relished his children and grandchildren, who continue to break new ground in the family business while keeping to the company’s signature look.

Alexandria designer Victoria Sanchez, created a Missoni-filled room last year for the 2012 DC Design House, in Spring Valley. For her Teenager’s Getaway, she used a giant floral silk Missoni light bubble fixture and a cotton print Missoni ottoman, as well as pillows, rug, draperies and upholstery, all in shades of orange, blue and raspberry.

“What attracted me to their collection is their vibrant colors and their free use of pattern. It is so uninhibited.,” says Sanchez. “I think that is what makes Missoni so exciting. They give an unexpected punch.”

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DC Design House 2012: Missoni-filled room

Photos: 2012 DC Design House

Missoni for Target sells out, crashes Web site in 2012

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The home and design coverage of Jura Koncius has taken her inside hundreds of homes, from tiny studios in Penn Quarter to country castles in Warrenton. Jura also hosts the Home Front live chat, Thursdays at 11 a.m. ET.
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