Would you pay more than Dh100,000 for a room divider?
The panelled screen is made from poplar plywood covered in a jacquard-woven material, with a repeating pattern of colourful octopuses and jellyfish. Shades of soft pink and blue are set against an electric-green backdrop, which is entirely in keeping with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s playful, atypical aesthetic.
The piece stands 2.3 metres high, and 1.8 metres wide. Dome-shaped peaks add a touch of grandeur and are dotted with solid brass nailheads. The screen consists of three separate panels, connected by hinges so the size of the divider can be easily adjusted. It is made to order, and it will take 12 to 13 weeks before it is delivered to your door.
A Gucci armchair encased in the same eye-catching material is also on offer (complete with a pink fringe trim), for those who like to take a more co-ordinated approach to the design of their interiors. The chair costs Dh22,300.
This is not the first time that Gucci has employed an octopus motif for one of its pieces –the tentacled sea creature can also be found on a T-shirt and scarf. In the latter case, it appears wrapped around an anchor and surrounded by tiger heads, in a further example of Michele’s unconventional approach.
Gucci launched its dedicated homeware line last year, and it is brimming with the brand’s trademark motifs. Cats, tigers, moths, bees and kingsnakes are emblazoned across furniture, crockery and accessories, in a joyous concoction of colours, patterns and designs. “The idea is not to prescribe a particular decorative look, but to provide elements that allow for living spaces to be customised,” the brand says. “[Michele’s] collection of items for interiors is intended to allow for a flexible and personal approach to decoration, bringing an accent of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism into the home.”