Marble Objects By Karl Lagerfeld

Remembering The Icon Personality

How can we forget one of the most powerful personalities in Fashion?

Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld presented his first exhibition of sculptural works at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris. Tables, fountains and mirrors were among the marble objects being presented in the show, called Architectures, which was developed in collaboration with architect Aline Asmar d'Amman.

Lagerfeld, who was the creative director at Chanel, cites antiquity, Greek architecture and the golden ratio among his inspirations for the designs. The German creative said that for him, antiquity refers to the "origin of beauty, culture and modernity". The monochromatic collection also includes gueridons (circular side tables), lamps and consoles. Each piece is carved from a carefully selected block of rare Arrabescato fantastico or black Nero Marquina marble.

Arrabescato fantastico is a vibrant white marble with dark grey veins, which has not been quarried for more than 30 years, while black Nero Marquina marble features brush stroke-like, milky white veins. According to Lagerfeld, the designs were improvised, with the aim to highlight the beauty of the material. "I love things that aren't planned," Lagerfeld  explained in a film made to accompany the exhibition. "The process is not as premeditated as you think. I'm totally improvised, I improvise."

Several objects in the collection feature elements that resemble the decorative columns of Classical architecture.The table lamps come with hand-painted shades, and also diffuse a specific temperature of light particularly appreciated by Lagerfeld.


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