Lukas Machnik, founder and principal of Lukas Machnik Design (LM/D), is proud to announce the launch of his design store, LMD/studio.
For the past 14 years, Machnik has utilized LM/D as a platform for transverse creative activity. Using minimalism as an aesthetic reference point, Machnik moves beyond the traditionalist philosophy of interior design, and approaches projects with a curatorial sensibility. This is the school of thought from which LMD/studio was conceived.
Since its inception in the Spring of 2014, LMD/studio has aimed to stimulate and facilitate dialogue in contemporary minimalist design. Premiering his “Monument” furniture collection three years prior, Machnik has since had the opportunity to represent and collaborate with his contemporaries: Rick Owens, Michèle Lamy, Parts of 4, and Lonney White III, among others.
After laying foundation for his gallery, Machnik embarked on his newest endeavor: Parts of Four Home (P4H), a home collection in collaboration with Parts of Four. Founded by designer, sculptor, installation artist and long-time Rick Owens collaborator Evan Sugerman, Parts of Four is a handmade jewelry line specializing in the carving, fusing, and treatment of minerals, silver, bone, and other organic materials. Machnik and Sugerman’s first collection features massive Brazilian quartz crystals that are embedded into sculptural steel and bronze fixtures, and internally illuminated with hidden LEDs.
LMD/studio is additionally pleased to present objects by Rick Owens and his “hun,” Michèle Lamy. Transforming raw materials into “moments of gleaming opulence,”Lamy and Owens’s collaboration allow glimpses into the life they have created together. Following Machnik’s proposition, the trio have collaborated on a “Brutalist” bronze finish for numerous works on display.
ANYONE CREATING THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT IS FOLLOWING AN 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
Another highlight from LMD/studio’s Spring collection is a 10-foot-wide sofa by Lonney White III. The sofa is cladded with ebonized steel, accented by Warshakian bronze forms, and cushioned with succulent black leather upholstery. White approuches his sofa as if three-dimensionally mapping his encaustic paintings onto the furniture’s armature. His metal alloy spills emerge from the postmodern assault on the picture plane; a bar of metal alloy melts and flattens into a congruent plane, and is then set into a porous bed of encaustic wax. What was once three-dimensional attempts to become two-dimensional, yet remains lost in a dual state of ascension and descent, fluctuating between various states of opacity. White’s paintings not only test the limits of contemporary mark-making, but also question their very status as image-objects. Similarly, White’s sofa asks us to consider the object as furniture, sculpture, and painting, serving as a place for contemplation, relaxation, and slumber.
LMD/studio is based in Paris and Chicago. Click here for more information.