Karl Lagerfeld is known for pushing at the boundaries of the conventional role of a fashion designer.
Beyond his clothing collections and campaigns, he has designed a series of sculptural artworks in collaboration with architect Aline Asmar d’Amman to be exhibited at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris. Marrying modernity and antiquity, the collection includes gueridons, tables, lamps, fountains and mirrors, all finished in sleek monochromatic tones.
Lagerfeld has long been inspired by classical antiquity in art and architecture. For him, the beauty, style and elegance of modern sculpture lies in its Greek origins. His chosen material is therefore that which is most closely associated with classical sculpture: marble. The pieces in his sculptural ensemble are carved from both Arabescato Fantastico (a rare variety of white marble with charcoal-coloured veins) and Nero Marquina (black marble with bright white strokes running through it). Each piece is cut, sculpted and finished in Italy with the utmost precision and craftsmanship, paying homage to a sculptural tradition thousands of years old.
The works will be on display at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, from 19th October to 22nd December.