April 13, 2012

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 ”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.”

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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Thamanyah Wool Blend Skirted Trousers 

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Michel Lamy & Ahmed Abdelrahman of Thamanyah 

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I’ve posted photos of some of Rick’s furniture before but last night I got in to a conversation with my friend about this monolithic bed and it made me realize what truly interests me about this piece. To me it seems like the epitome of indulgence, not only does the thing cost nigh $100,000 but because of the sheer weight it makes the item incredibly unrealistic to own and have in your house. You would need a crew of men with forklifts and/or cranes to get it in to your house not to mention the amount of reinforcement your floor would need to support the damn thing. This only accentuates the sheer beauty of the object in my eyes because it is that much more unobtainable and luxurious. 

“I was thinking Sleeping Beauty’s coffin and Christ’s empty tomb,” says fashion designer Rick Owens of the inspiration behind Pavane for a Dead Princess, a site-specific installation of his latest furniture creations currently showing at New York’s Salon 94. (His popular 2009 show, Evolution, at Sebastian + Barquet in London, was a similar art-design hybrid). Pavane is named after a Ravel piano piece that Owens’s parents used to play when he was a child, and the composer’s mysterious, fictional Spanish heroine provides the starting point for the designer’s “romantic and dramatic” imaginings. In the gallery space, behind a floor-to-ceiling shaved mink curtain (sold made-to-measure, price upon request), Owens has created a boudoir for his own conjured princess. Loosely modelled on his personal sleeping quarters in his home off the Place du Palais Bourbon, it was executed by a team of artisans from Paris to Poland, overseen by his wife, Michele Lamy. Here, the elemental Bauhaus bunker style of the Evolution collection has developed into works that wouldn’t be out of place in a pharaoh’s temple or Papal chamber. The truly monolithic king-size bed ($220,000), decadently outfitted in translucent Spanish alabaster, is formed from a towering, two-meter-tall headboard atop a 3-meter-square platform, while the luxurious daybed wrapped in a curved alabaster vice ($98,000) sits atop a Luigi Moretti-inspired jagged reef of bronze. The world Owens has manifest—equal parts medieval, Art Deco and sci-fi—extends to smaller-scale items, including bronze side tables and stone lamps, adding to the feeling that the designer occupies and creates in his own, fully realized world. Today we present a portfolio of images of Owens at the installation, shot exclusively for NOWNESS by Max Farago. 

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