With Paris Haute Couture and Menswear Fashion Weeks coinciding with the recent announcement of Alexander Wang’s mini-collection of youthful hang-out furniture, we decided to take a look at other fashion designers who’ve turned their talents to the interior design world.
We’re keeping our focus on designers for French fashion houses, but it’s certainly worth looking beyond périphérique to see collections by Missoni, Armani Casa, and Paul Smith’s collaboration with Stelton where he reimagined their cylindra line. We’ve also gone a little gif crazy this week, we’re blaming it on being kept indoors by the weather.
From his namesake brand to Balenciaga and now the ubiquitous Poltrona Frau, Alexander Wang has turned his signature style of sporty luxe to a very small range of limited edition furniture. Just three pieces in total, Wang’s capsule collection is a study in forgotten classics reimagined for contemporary use.
I didn’t think I’d ever say it but after seeing his leather beanbag chair, I could actually imagine myself using one. The other is in velvet which doesn’t seem to be quite as inviting, but the little service bar clad in what looks like stingray leather looks rather chic.
Dark, cult, severe… Rick Owens is a ghostly figure in the fashion world, with his seriously sombre designs attracting acclaim after each collection. When Owens turned his hand to furniture design, only one outcome was possible – hard, harsh materials in unforgiving forms that impose themselves on a space. I love them.
There’s something of an unwearable, or maybe unliveable, quality that brings to mind the more avant garde pieces by Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons. This blurring of design, art and function seems to be an exercise in material fetishism whereby the objects themselves are be looked at without using them for their purpose. They’re new, they’re extremely expensive and there’s nothing else like them. All hail Rick.
Perhaps not the most well known name in fashion, but certainly one of the most influential, Raf Simons is now the head of Christian Dior, after designing for Jil Sander, and for his own label since 1995. He’s lauded as one of the wunderkinds of fashion and almost single-handedly transformed menswear over his career.
Rather than making a series of prints for a home collection, Simons created a line of textiles with Kvadrat (a Studio Ombre favourite) featuring beautiful textures, a gorgeous palette, and a luxurious quality that’s dying to be used for upholstery. We took these images from fashionablehomeblog.com hence the watermarks.
A film documenting Simon’s first collection for Dior is released next month. Watch the Dior and I trailer here.
Sonia Rykiel is one of those names that are inseparable from Paris and her signature style of punk luxe is now a timeless classic, ever-present on the streets of her hometown. The Rykiel home collection in collaboration with Lelievre has also garnered a lot of praise, particularly for its recognisable stripe motif and deep colours.
This 2015 spring/summer season, everything is much lighter, and geometry has replaced the usual stripe patterns. We love the new fresh look, especially the square motif in shades of plum, grey and wheat.
Keep your ear out for Rykiel’s influence in Malcolm McLaren’s wonderful concept album Paris. It’s definitely worth a listen.
Sadly, Jean Paul Gaultier showed his last ready to wear collection in Paris last year, but his haute couture, beauty and home collection continue to express his distinct style. His 2015 spring/summer fabric collection, also created with Lelievre, has a fun, fresh feel while maintaining some of the tromp l’oeil effects he’s so fond of.
It’s worth checking out his furniture collection, created in collaboration with Roche Bobois.