Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present a new exhibition of Karl Lagerfeld’s works titled, “Architectures” in its London space with an art collection of functional sculptures designed by the artist that has taken the inspiration from Antiquity. To the designed, Antiquity is referred to as the origin of beauty, culture and modernity.
“Evoking a contemporary architectural landscape with Greek origins, the unique pieces combine the precision of canonical proportions born from the use of the golden ratio and the noblest material, marble. The ensemble of gueridons, tables, lamps, consoles, fountains and mirrors materialize the perfect balance of classical foundations with a present-day vibe, like a modern mythology. Each piece is carved from a carefully selected marble block, the Arabescato Fantastico, a rare vibrant white marble with dark grey veins which has not been quarried for more than thirty years, or black Nero Marquina marble, curated for its brush stroke-like, milky white veins. The combination of the material uniqueness with the timeless designs makes every piece exclusive.
Only available as limited edition of eight pieces in each marble color, plus four artist proofs, each sculptural work is made with the special marble, which is then precisely cut, sculpted, faceted and polished in Italy by the best craftsmen, to achieve the vibrant exactness of the elements.The lighting works diffuse a specific daylight, the designer particularly appreciates, like a laser blade from the future. The shades of the table lamps are distinctively hand-painted in the most traditional technique of decorative arts, pushing the boundaries of craftsmanship and traditions,” says the gallery.
The central theme of the exhibition fluctuates and shifts between the two zones with two very distinct characteristics, both of them defined by the era they were and are predominantly present—Antique and contemporary and the constant shifts between the two. These works of arts, these architectures are the icons of classics from where they draw their inspiration but they also charm the finest present skills, for example the black and white architectonic creations that exemplify Karl Lagerfeld’s timeless monochromatic style.
The gallery says about Karl Lagerfeld, “Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld is globally renowned for his cutting-edge, aspirational and relevant approach to style. As one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the 21st century, his visionary creativity expands beyond fashion to include illustration, photography, interior design and publishing.”
The show runs from January 24 through March 8, 2019 at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mayfair, 4 Albemarle Street – W1S 4GA London.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the artworks.