Design Seen: Porcelain Palazzo
In spring 2012, Meissen unveiled its new Villa Meissen headquarters (+39.02.894.237.25, www.meissen.com) in a restored 16th-century palazzo on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone. This January, the German porcelain house presented a 23-piece furniture collection at the historic villa that speaks to the company’s future. The opening of Villa Meissen was part of a rebranding effort intended to transform Meissen—established in 1710 by the Saxon king Augustus II—into a comprehensive design enterprise offering tableware, jewelry, couture, furniture, lighting, accessories, and objets d’art. At the palazzo, Meissen displays its collections amid original parquet floors, frescoes, and gold- and platinum-painted porcelain tiles. Prices for the 23 new pieces, which feature silhouettes inspired by midcentury-modern furniture, start at $5,120 for a sconce and climb to more than $44,000 for a dining table.