Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present a collection of new limited-edition design by visionary fashion and furniture designer, Rick Owens, in the solo exhibition Glade, opening on 16 September during London Design Festival.
Installed as a large scale couch, ten individual Glade units plus two Glade corner units made of Batipan plywood will be covered in French wool army blankets, both being signature Owens materials and an echo of the original bed made for his home. Although presented as one piece, each Glade element can stand in its own right, complete with individual lighting, internet conduit and phone charger. At a later date, Carpenters Workshop Gallery will offer these units in different materials including the signature concrete.
Rick Owens comments: «A glade can be a clearing in a forest gently illuminated by the sky filtering light through a canopy of trees… A canopy that shelters a scattering of some broken and jagged rocks that softly glitter in a muted grey insulated forest/cave… Rocks that have been carved into shiny helmet crowns to wear in the glade…»
The exhibition also features an ‘explosion‘ of Prong stools made of aluminum, a new edition of the original curial chair and eight new Aztec crowns, silver and black chrome plated using a unique method, which give a first impression of the upcoming Rick Owens fashion show in Paris at the end of September.
Glade is produced by Michele Lamy who has been the primary creative force behind this show.
A Southern California native born in 1962, the acclaimed fashion designer Rick Owens displays a demanding and singular aesthetic in fashion. His original vision plays on material.
Owens lives and works in Paris, but the dark, minimalist style of his designs was created in the United States when he started out making bespoke furniture for his bunker-style loft in Los Angeles. Working with craftsmen of the highest caliber, he has developed a collection of pieces that express his signature style in cut, volume, and plan.
His designs evoke original furniture through archetypes. There are a number of typologies: the ceremonial chair Curial, the Trident chair with its structure, and the Halfbox armchair crafted from a chest. Through his choice of subtle and rare materials, Owens suggests the beauty of nature and develops a contrasting palette of black and white that confirms his taste for the monochrome.
He juxtaposes values to compose three-dimensional pieces that fully reflect his own style. Through fashion, design, and furniture, he cuts and shapes a transversal and global universe.