”Fashion designer Rick Owens lives and works in a building on Place du Palais Bourbon, originally built as a present from Napoleon to one of his generals. In more recent times, it was also home to the Socialist Party headquarters. Today, his press office is located in the wonderfully elaborate rooms at the front. “I couldn’t work in it,” asserts Owens, “because it faces the Place and I’d get too distracted.” Instead, he has his office at the back in a 1950s annex, which looks out on the gardens of the French Defense Ministry. On the second floor is the fur studio ? the domain of his partner, Michele Lamy, which he calls “Lamy Land”. Together, they decided to rip out the former office fittings and leave much of the interior raw. “It would have been a daunting project to clean everything up,” he explains, “and we’re fine with it just as it is.”
left caption: (previous pages) Owens lives and works in a grand building on the Place du Palais Bourbon near the French national assembly. (right) A plywood and concrete daybed covered with fox fur stands in the press office. (below) Owens designed the plywood and steel table in the press showroom, as well as the chairs upholstered in beaver fur. The oil painting between the windows was created by the Solvenian collective Irwin. The photo on the right is by Rick Castro.
right caption: (above) The ground-floor showroom in the 1950s annex with plywood and steel benches and tables. (right) The high-backed bench upholstered in felted cashmere is another of Owen’s furniture creations. (following pages) This space on the ground floor in the annex is used as an extra office. The table and “Gallic” chairs are made form plywood. The bench on the right is upholstered in cashmere.
caption: (above) A room on one of the upper floors serves as the library. The object on the right is a totem lamp made from resin and cashmere. (right and facing page) Several Owens-designed chairs in the master bathroom incorporate real antlers. The leather and goat fur boots are from his Autumn-Winter 07 “Exploder” collection. The vintage jacket is made from monkey fur. (following pages) All the furnishings in the ground-floor showroom were created by Owens. They include the plywood “Antler” chair, the bronze vases on the table and the pair of “Bubble” chairs upholstered in shearling on the right.
left caption: (previous pages) Behind Owen’s desk is a cardboard model for a mirrored wall, which he created for a store belonging to the French luxury company Revillon.
right caption: (facing page and left) The vintage hoofed stool in the master bedroom was a gift from a friend. The throw on the bed is made form mink and the rugs from the fur of Chinese squirrels. (below) A space on the ground floor serves as the staff kitchen.