Rick Owens vision for furniture design is as singular and distinctive as that of his other practices including fashion. Like the images, environments and clothes he produces the forms are sculptural, deceivingly simple and low key; the result of a natural genius for pattern making and innovation, as well as a committed reticence and self control…yet underlying it all is a paradoxical luxury. Plywood chairs that are lined in fisher fur, simple tables that are actually made of petrified wood, enormous beds made from alabaster that have impossible curves and are translucent in the sun. These are surprising, poetic works, somehow evocative of Corbusier and ancient Mayan cities, Blade Runner and Eileen Grey…a masterfully alchemy that is so individual and unmistakably Rick Owens.
The impetus of Rick designing furniture was need, a need for utilitarian surfaces to live and work with in his Paris atelier. Thus there is a strong sense of unbiased function in these works. The shapes are pared down to something direct and though they can have multiple functions, they remain pure; even those works that are made of precious materials lack any sense of ostentation. Their elegance derives both from the line and materials but equally to the functionality and lack of ornamentation.
Magic Mountain, a lyrical title connoting colliding and opposing forces for inspiration, is a show highlighting Rick’s vision for design opening on January 28th in St Moritz at the Chesa Planta Museum. Produced in collaboration with Giorgio Pace Projects and Rodman&Rudy the show will showcase new work as well as some favorites from Ricks growing oeuvre. Housed in a beautiful 18th century aristocratic home, the Chesa Planta is a museum of living culture that faithfully evokes the domestic culture of a patrician Engadin family of the 18th and 19th centuries. Ricks work will be placed throughout the historically accurate building creating an interesting, and at points, intentionally jarring juxtaposition of old and new, severe and delicate.
The show will run through the end of February. For more information please contact Giorgio Pace at firstname.lastname@example.org