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More than fashion: Karl Lagerfeld's furniture design legacy

by Dennis Lee on Dec 31, 2018 in Products
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Fashion supremo Karl Lagerfeld's first foray into marble furniture is a study in classical beauty

Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of fashion houses Chanel and Fendi, has ventured into furniture design with his first limited-edition collection, known simply as Architectures, was on show at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris in December.LAGERFELD_Architectures_Exhibition Views_01This range of functional sculptures, developed with French-Lebanese architect and interior designer Aline Asmar d'Amman, combines its classical credentials with a modern vibe. It features pedestals, lamps, consoles, fountains, mirrors and tables with legs modelled on Greek columns.LAGERFELD_Untitled II_01

I'm inspired by the perfect proportions of Greek columns. They truly are the standards for beauty, fixed, once and for all

Each piece is beautifully carved from Arabescato Fantastico marble, a no-longer quarried white stone with dark grey veins, or black Nero Marquina marble that has milky white veins. Available in a limited edition of eight in each marble type, the sculptural works stay true to Lagerfeld's signature monochrome aesthetic. The entire collection is carved by Italian craftsmen from first cut to polishing, the proportions taken from the golden ratio.LAGERFELD_Architectures_Exhibition Views_05LAGERFELD_Architectures_Exhibition Views_06"I love the expression 'modern mythology'," Lagerfeld says. "There's nothing really new, but it's timeless, never out of fashion. I'm inspired by the perfect proportions of Greek columns. They truly are the standards for beauty, fixed, once and for all." 


THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED AS "MODERN MYTHOLOGY”, A FEATURE STORY FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE.

 

 

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