Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld has created a series of functional sculptures for a solo exhibition entitled Architectures which opens at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris today, October 19.
Inspired by Classical Greek architectural elements, Lagerfeld’s Architectures is an ode to Antiquity with a supremely modern application – functional and limited edition sculptural decor pieces. As the gallery explains:
“The ensemble of gueridons, tables, lamps, consoles, fountains and mirrors materialise the perfect balance of classical foundations with a present-day vibe, like a modern mythology.”
The pieces are carved from rare and exclusive marble that echoes Karl Lagerfeld’s love for monochrome – the white Arabescato Fantastico, a marble which hasn’t been quarried for three decades, and the black Nero Marquina marble which has milky white veins that resemble brushstrokes.
Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with architect and interior designer Aline Asmar d’Amman of Beirut and Paris-based studio Culture in Architecture on the project. She was responsible for the studies and development of the pieces. Some of Asmar d’Amman’s recent work includes the art direction of Hôtel de Crillon’s renovation, the interior design of the palace’s historical salons and suites, as well as a previous collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld on his ‘Grand Apartments’ decor. Asmar was quoted by Architectural Digest as saying:
“Karl’s knowledge of the decorative arts and art history, his love of craftsmanship, and his forward-thinking attitude make his designs timeless and contemporary at the same time. He has a phenomenal faculty to notice the slightest change in a curve or a proportion, like a few millimeters difference of a table leg, and pays great attention to the comfort of the user, and he makes each small decision with no second thoughts. The challenge is to keep up with his pace, memory, and discerning eye.”
There are only editions of eight available in each marble colour plus four artist proofs which makes the the work even more covetable. While you might never get to own one of these pieces, you will have the opportunity to view them at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris until December 22.