For this year's design week, the international gallery installed sculptures, furniture and lighting design pieces in San Vittore e 40 Martiri – a deconsecrated church in Milan.
Since the 18th century, the neo-Roman structure has served as a community centre with Galerie Philia's Desacralized the "first major exhibition" in the space.
The exhibition includes commissioned pieces by 20 international designers that were asked to depict their "personal interpretation of the notion of desacralisation".
"Objects bear witness to the past – they carry memories and their function is defined by the era in which they were created," said Galerie Philia founder Ygaël Attali.
"Sacred objects have all these qualities but they also transcend their physicality to achieve a spiritual and symbolic value."
The commissioned works were arrayed around the time-worn structure, hung from the ceiling and set directly on its multi-coloured terrazzo flooring.
Works were also placed along the edges in front of small alcoves.
At the centre of the exhibition is a massive chandelier by local design duo Morghen Studio called Cascades of Light, which aims to "transcend and sublime the iconic significance of the historic chandelier".
Morghen Studio's work hangs near a concept chair by American fashion designer Owens, which is a variation on the designer's Tomb chair line that utilises moose antlers and minimal shapes.
Also included in the lineup is Mexican designer Andrés Monnier, who created an interpretation of a candelabra using a circle of stepped marble pillars, each of which holds a candle.
Monnier was part of a dual exhibition with Argentinian artist Pilar Zeta at Galerie Philia's Mexico City outpost in February.
Other lighting works include a white ceramic and plaster floor lamp in the shape of seashells – an "omnipresent motif" in Christian iconography – by French designer Elsa Foulon; and The Pagoda lamp by Australia-based Studio Henry Wilson, informed by Japanese temples.
Faina designed the Duzhyi stool, which was hand-sculpted from their trademark material called Zista made from paper, clay, hay and "other organic elements".
Other chairs and stools include Chinese design studio Kar's chair, a special edition from the Bone Script series made from wood and Chinese lacquer.
Belgians Pierre de Valck and Arno Declercq each contributed pieces to the exhibition, with Declercq using white in one of his tables for the first time in his work, which sits directly under Morghen Studio's chandelier.
The photography is by Maison Mouton Noir.
Desacralized is open from 18-23 April as part of Milan design week. See our Milan design week 2023 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, exhibitions and talks taking place throughout the week.