“Architectures”, an exhibition of sculptural work designed by Karl Lagerfeld, is being exhibited in North America for the first time. The pieces are presented at Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s New York location on the Fifth Avenue, where they will remain on view until December 21, 2019.
Offering audiences a chance to experience Karl Lagerfeld‘s enduring impact on design, “Architectures”, presented at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York, is an art collection of functional sculptures inspired by antiquity, referred to by Karl Lagerfeld as the origin of beauty, culture, and modernity.
Evoking a contemporary architectural landscape with greek origins, Lagerfeld’s pieces combine the precision of canonical proportions born from the use of the golden ratio and the noblest material — marble. The ensemble of gueridons, tables, lamps, consoles, fountains, and mirrors create a balance of classical foundations conceived as “modern mythology“. The black and white architectonic creations embody Karl Lagerfeld‘s timeless monochromatic style.
Only available as a limited edition of eight pieces in each colour, plus four artist proofs, each sculptural work was made with the special marble, which was then cut, sculpted, faceted, and polished in Italy. Each piece is carved from a marble block, the Arabescato Fantastico, a rare vibrant white marble with dark grey veins which has not been quarried for more than 30 years, or black Nero Marquina marble, curated for its brush stroke-like, milky white veins.
The lighting works diffuse specific daylight, the designer particularly appreciates, like a laser blade from the future. Meanwhile, the shades of the table lamps are distinctively hand-painted in the most traditional technique of decorative arts, pushing the boundaries of craftsmanship and traditions. Architect Aline Asmar D’Amman carried out the studies and the development of the works created by Karl Lagerfeld, which shift between the antique and the contemporary. “Architectures” was previously presented in Paris.
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