We are launching a weekly newsletter that will highlight artists and designers from our collection. This week we take a closer look at the home collection of fashion designer Rick Owens and his "hun" Michele Lamy.
Lamy and Owen's world is composed of fundamental materials such as bronze, brass, plywood, leather, bone and mink. With an affinity for the natural, their designs transform the primal materiality of these elements into "moments of gleaming opulence."
Rick Owens is, of course, best known for his work in Fashion. He's received numerous prestigious awards in crafting his singular, dark, minimalist aesthetic and has garnered a loyal world-wide following. His foray into furniture design began in Los Angeles where he designed improvised, brutalist furniture for his bunker-style loft on Hollywood Boulevard. But it was in Paris, under the guidance of Lamy, that these improvised forms found the materials and artisans they needed to take shape.
"Whereas before I had done something in crudely nailed plywood, Hun found someone to translate that shape into darkly translucent five hundred thousand year old petrified wood. . . I suggest a few shapes and she diligently coaxes them out of the various talented and temperamental artisans that it takes to make them. Frankly, I suspect them of taking longer so they can receive more of her visits."
Owens and Lamy's design practice is deeply personal, the furniture offers a glimpse into the world they've created for each other:
ANYONE CREATING THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT IS FOLLOWING A UTOPIAN VISION. MINE IS A BRUTALIST FUR ON A BRUTALIST ROCK NEXT TO A BRUTALIST FIRE IN A BRUTALIST CAVE. MAKING FURNITURE IS MY VERSION OF COUTURE – ITS TIME CONSUMING ARTISANAL WORK MADE WITH, AND FOR, A LIFE WITH MY BETTER HALF THE HUN.
– RICK OWENS, 2015
LMD/studio offers a full range of Rick Owens items from cutlery, to seating to lighting. All of these items can be seen on this website, or if you happen to be in or around Chicago or Paris, feel free to stop by and see them in person.