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Thursday, October 7, 2010

At Versace Home, Bigger & Bolder is Better

Over the years, the Versace Home collection has been hit-or-miss: for every spectacular silk sheet set or porcelain place setting, there's been a handful of less-than-stellar offerings. Lately, however, everything from the men's and women's clothing collections to the brand's image campaigns has been wrestled back into shape. A new, higher standard seems to be the order of the day.

Case in point: Versace Home is now collaborating with the world-famous Venini, an 85-year-old Murano glass making firm, to produce limited-edition bowls and vases. Like many Versace designs, they're not for everyone, but we like them a lot. For one thing, they resonate like original notes from the '80s, playing perfectly into that decade's current revival. They're also big, bold and brash enough to sweep snobbery aside. Sometimes, good taste is just a matter of muscle.