Marble-ing in Antiquity: Karl Lagerfeld
Inspired by the beauty of marble and ancient Greek architecture, Karl Lagerfeld presents his first ever collection of sculptural furniture
At the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris stands a side table made from Arabescato Fantastico – a rare vibrant white marble with dark grey veins which has not been quarried for more than thirty years.
It sits alongside other pieces such as tables, lamps, consoles, fountains and mirrors to create a mini-marble-cityscape in creative director and artist, Karl Lagerfeld’s first ever exhibition of sculptural works. Entitled Architectures, the pieces reference the building typologies of antiquity, namely columns and colonnades. “The collection of functional sculptures all in marble is born from Karl’s love for the beautiful stones and for the Greek landscape.” says architect Aline Asmar d’Amman who advised Lagerfeld on the realization of his designs.
The marble was carefully selected by Lagerfeld from quarries across Italy and the pieces have been executed by master marble craftspeople. The proportions of the golden ratio and exactness were key to the works. The pieces have been produced as limited editions of eight in each marble color, plus four artist proofs.
Straddling the balance of ancient shapes in contemporary environments, Lagerfeld applied his philosophy that “Nothing is more modern than Antiquity” says d’Amman. She believes the pieces are “classics with an intense contemporary feel and a refined sense of culture embedded in the designs.”
Architectures will be on display at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris until December 22