Architect Michele Perlini’s NO.MADE brings luxury to wanderlust
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Architect Michele Perlini’s NO.MADE brings luxury to wanderlust

Luxurious, sustainable and portable - NO.MADE - a mobile home unveiled earlier this year at Salone del Mobile in Milan, is a feat of design in more ways than one.

by Avantika Shankar Sep 04, 2019

Luxury has made its way to the most off-track, isolated travel destinations - but there has still remained an unspoken need for the comforts of home. With NO.MADE, architect and designer Michele Perlini has bridged that gap. Defined as a micro-home, NO.MADE is a luxury mobile home that you can pack up and transport with ease to even the most spectacularly secluded location. The design was unveiled at Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this year, and takes off on Perlini’s 2018 EDEN Luxury Portable Suite, which won an ICONIC Award for innovative architecture.

  • The sink was designed by Agape, the bathroom mirror by Alape and the tap fittings by Dornbracht| NO.MADE | Michele Perlini | Milan Design Week 2019| STIR
    The sink was designed by Agape, the bathroom mirror by Alape and the tap fittings by Dornbracht Image Credit: Courtesy of ARCStudio Perlini
  • The interior furnishings of NO.MADE were made-to-measure with natural materials| NO.MADE | Michele Perlini | Milan Design Week 2019| STIR
    The interior furnishings of NO.MADE were made-to-measure with natural materials Image Credit: Courtesy of ARCStudio Perlini

As ambitious as its compact size, the NO.MADE luxury mobile home matches Perlini’s commitment to sustainable design with luxury living. The front-facing façade is made up of clear, anti-reflective glass, held up on a corten steel framework - designed such that when the blinds are up, the viewer may feel immersed in the surroundings. The prototype was presented on a busy Milanese street during Salone del Mobile, but it is clear that NO.MADE is meant to be out in the wilderness - as a lake cabin, perhaps, or a beach-front retreat. The idea is to be one with nature but the materials Perlini has used also ensure that you leave minimal impact on your surroundings.

“The entire project was conceived from the outset as a completely sustainable model,” explains Perlini, whose studio has been dedicated to sustainable architecture and design for years. The home is energy-efficient, with walls made of high density mineral panels, and insulated with fibre cement. The furnishings are also made of all-natural materials and recycled Plexiglass.

  • The flooring was designed by APPTEC and Ceramica Sant’Agostino, and the fabrics are by Kvadrat| NO.MADE | Michele Perlini | Milan Design Week 2019| STIR
    The flooring was designed by APPTEC and Ceramica Sant’Agostino, and the fabrics are by Kvadrat Image Credit: Courtesy of ARCStudio Perlini
  • The lighting was designed by FLOS and LineaLight | NO.MADE | Michele Perlini | Milan Design Week 2019| STIR
    The lighting was designed by FLOS and LineaLight Image Credit: Courtesy of ARCStudio Perlini

While Perlini admits it was a challenge to maximise space, and bring design concepts to life given the limitations of sustainable materials - the layout itself appears effortless. The space is conducive for easy, natural movement and nothing about the furnishings suggests they were made to measure for a compact space. Perlini attributes this to his use of colour and material, “We thought of a minimal mood inside with a slightly vintage pop touch,” he explains. “The walls, the fabrics and the colour temperature of the lights are very domestic and warm.”

Michele Perlini | NO.MADE | Michele Perlini | Milan Design Week 2019| STIR
Michele Perlini Image Credit: Courtesy of ARCStudio Perlini

NO.MADE is not for the average traveller or a nature-enthusiast, but it does raise an interesting point about compact design. From its layout to its clever use of sustainable materials, NO.MADE is a proof that good, responsible design can come in any size and want for space does not ever need to hold you back. Perlini’s design ideology, for one, remains the same, no matter what size structure he works on. “I think that first of all a product should be useful, and make the people who use it happy,” he says, simply, before adding, “without compromising the resources of our planet.”

NO.MADE at Salone del Mobile 2019 | NO.MADE | Michele Perlini | Milan Design Week 2019| STIR
NO.MADE at Salone del Mobile 2019 Image Credit: Courtesy of ARCStudio Perlini

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Avantika Shankar

Avantika Shankar

Shankar is a freelance writer based in Mumbai. Her writing spans a range of mediums—from lifestyle journalism to theatre and advertising. She writes primarily about art, design and travel and enjoys writing investigative pieces about cultural trends from around the globe. In addition to her work as a lifestyle reporter, Shankar is also a playwright with a special interest in plays for children.

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