The California-born fashion and furniture designer Rick Owens has developed a unique style that he describes as “luxe minimalism.” In the furniture field, we highlight his design chairs.
The French were among the first to recognize Owens’s distinctive, Goth flair.
Though his designs are simple and spare, Owens thrives on theatricality — producing wildly original runway shows featuring gender-fluid models of all ages and shapes. Inspired by his longtime partner and muse, Michele Lamy, clothes and furniture alike feature dark grays, blacks and browns. Like his frontier forebears, Owens finds his strongest influences in nature — his furniture and housewares have simple, organic shapes, and a few items even feature his distinctly 21st-century take on antlers. He’s also drawn to unorthodox materials like bone and petrified wood.
Owens uses only the finest materials, although they’re not always visible from the outside.
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Rick Owens began his first furniture collection in Paris in 2007. His furniture designs can be seen as a direct extension of his fashion lines and overall multi-dimensional aesthetic, creating sculptural pieces that verge on art yet function as furniture. The combination of materials he employs, from antlers to alabaster, wood to smooth stone, convey a melding between high design and functionality, like his clothing. Oftentimes oversized, his large Brutalist pieces of furniture vary in color and texture, combining a stark modernist look with contemporary luxury.
You can find his collections at Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Pierre Marie Giraud.