Furnish Your Dreams with These Designer Furniture Collections
From Versace’s regally kitschy home collection to Margiela’s spectacular interiors, we’re of the opinion that decor is always better when it’s designer. Below, we bring you the designer-furniture collections that have been crushing our purse and minds since we laid eyes on them.
Taking Brutalism to new heights, Rick Owens makes furniture from 500,000-year-old petrified bark and alabaster. Naturally. Monoliths of marble with antlers and ox bone—almost like ancient altars from the future—are fabricated into day beds, tomb chairs, and tridents. His vision of utopia is rather inviting—as he put it, “a Brutalist fur on a Brutalist rock next to a Brutalist fire in a Brutalist cave.” For the most part, however, Owens’ furniture line is mainly the brainchild of his wife and muse Michèle Lamy. With prices starting at around $10,000 (because comfort isn’t cheap, son), the furniture embodies the Rick Owens aesthetic in all of its stark austerity, and yet at the same time, has transcended it by its engrossing physical presence.
Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois
Enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier collaborated with the famed French furniture house Roche Bobois for a collection as lavish and wickedly subversive as his couture shows. Debuted in 2010 and exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 2014, the collection is an exercise in pomp and austerity, theatrical extravagance and modernist rigor, a childlike sense of wonder and macabre premonitions that occupy the Gaultier universe. Standout pieces include the reimagined Bobois signature Mah Jong sofas, plush throw pillows in exuberant gardenia prints, Ben Hur chairs on wheels, and mannequin lamps in sailor stripes.
Maison Martin Margiela, “Chers Voisins”
Margiela’s 2012 interior design collection “Chers Voisins” (“Dear Neighbors”) made its premiere as an installation at Salone del Mobile in Milan. An antidote to the ascetic store furniture—which is white-coated, white-wrapped, and white-painted in matte until all edges and lines sink into a collective anonymity—the dreamy installation is surreal at its best and Kafkaesque at its worst. Playing with proportions, spatial ambiguity, and trompe-l’oeil, the collection presented common objects in a new, eerie light. The collection includes wallpaper showcasing X-rayed paintings; a “Sbilenco,” or an “unstable” table balancing a glass top; and Groupe, a sofa made of three armchairs in mismatched styles from three different time periods.
In the realm of opulent designer furniture, no label has done it best than Louis Vuitton. Now largely available as antiques, Vuitton’s furniture offerings are expensive as a decently-sized home—but, we imagine, would be entirely worth it. Visit 1st Dibs to get an idea of how many organs you’d have to sell to comfortably rest your feet on a Vuitton, or to play a casual game of Vuitton backgammon.
Images via Louis Vuitton, Fashionableexperience.blogspot.com, Owenscorp, iDesignArch, and Tumblr.
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