El Mercado de Paloquemao - Marni
by Maria Rossi
photography Lorenzo Sampaolesi
29 April 2015
In anticipation of the Expo in Milan, Marni has chosen, on the occasion of this year’s Salone del Mobile, to offer its own take on food. The inspiration came from afar: namely Bogotà, Colombia, and its “Mercado de Paloquemao” fruit market.
The Marni family has brought to Italy lesser known fruit specimens like zapote and curuba with the aim of making them known to the design week public via on-site tastings and workshops—scheduled for later on in the week and intended for both children and adults.
The dynamic and convivial spirit of the South American country exudes brightly from the setting that reproduces the structure of a market with a line—albeit a zigzagging one—of wooden tables. On them the vivid colors of pomegranates, guanabanas and the like are either shown en plein air in basket cases or neatly arranged in wire “fruit replica” cages. The fruit sculptures can be used either as decorative props or—the bigger ones among them—also as display cases or containers.