Blurring the lines of art, design and fashion, “Architectures” is a collection of functional sculptures designed by Karl Lagerfeld and inspired by the designer’s passion for antiquity.
The unique pieces, combining contemporary lines and classical references, comprise gueridons, tables, lamps, consoles, fountains and mirrors in marble.
Having worked with him on his recent Grands Apartments” project, architect Aline Asmar d’Amman (who works between Beirut and Paris) carried out the studies and the development of the works created by Lagerfeld.
Each limited edition piece is precisely cut, carved and polished from a marble block in Italy, either the so-called “Arabescato Fantastico” a rare white marble with dark grey veins, which has not been quarried for more than 30 years, or the black “Nero Marquina” marble, which has milky white veins. The combination of these unique materials and the timeless designs makes the pieces exclusive and now that Lagerfeld has died, priceless. Of special note are the lighting works, which diffuse a special light – shining like a laser blade. The lampshades are distinctive and hand-painted in traditional techniques.
Renowned for his cutting edge and relevant approach to style, the black and white architectonic creations embody Lagerfeld’s timeless monochromatic aesthetic.
Need to Know: “Architectures” is on at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 4 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London until March 8; www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com