Inside Rick Owens' furniture exhibition
A visionaire in the brutalist world of interior, designer Rick Owens and his creative accomplice Michele Lamy have released their first furniture exhibition. The family collaboration is a pre historic vision of Owens’ signature style of bold silhouettes and culturally relevant constructions. Geometrically inspired, the multi creative artist has redefined the conventionality of furniture in his latest US based exhibition.
Having begun designing furniture in 2007, the design duo created their first exhibition together as a couple at the MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Describing the space as a ‘high tomb’, Lamy directed the exhibition and installed the benches, walls and other solid sculptures of concrete greatness. Experimenting with juxtaposed textures and tones such as foam and metal, the American born, Paris based designer infiltrates his iconic aesthetic of brutalism and nonlinear minimalism through his use of 1960’s surrealism and almost erotic forms.
Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Matalon, who helped build the monochrome space, explains that "The juxtaposition of these forms and materials. You have these cold hard surfaces of alabaster or concrete, and the sort of lushness of foam or fur." "This 'and-ness' is something that happens in the relationship between art and design, between furniture and sculpture." Describing the exhibition as a ‘homecoming’, the Rick Owens: Furniture space is now open until April 2nd 2017.