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Rick Owens delves into furniture design

September 22, 2009 |  2:31 pm


Edgy Paris-based designer Rick Owens, who started his fashion career in Los Angeles, is now dipping his leather-clad toe into furniture design. WWD reports that the designer has launched a limited-edition furniture collection, which is shown and sold separately from his ready-to-wear.

Currently on display in a show called "Evolution" that runs through September at London's Sebastian + Barquet’s gallery, the rough-hewn decor boasts Owens' signature raw-and-primitive vibe. Deconstructed chairs, sofas, tables and lamps are made from antlers, plywood, marble, shearling and fisher fur (Owens is a huge fur fan, and shearling has been a staple in his collections).

The collection will be sold only in galleries, not stores. Prices start at $2,970 for a wooden bench, topping out at $36,300 for a suede-and-wood sofa.

The designer started making furniture when his lust for avant-garde decor from the legendary likes of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Le Corbusier and Robert Mallet-Stevens exceeded his budget.

He did not return a request for comment, but reportedly cringes at the idea of the line being called a "home" collection. Still, he's cognizant of the importance of keeping his brand's vision narrow -- on the runway and in galleries, noting to WWD, “It all has to belong to one universe."

-- Emili Vesilind


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Photo: Designer Rick Owens and partner Michele. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times