karl lagerfeld: an authentic eye on the cassina collections
karl lagerfeld: an authentic eye on the cassina collections karl lagerfeld: an authentic eye on the cassina collections
mar 09, 2013

karl lagerfeld: an authentic eye on the cassina collections


for the first time in his career, karl lagerfeld has collaborated with a furniture company, cassina, creating a series of photographs which celebrate the italian brand’s 85 years of existence. on this occasion, the fashion designer selected a grouping of historic and contemporary pieces from the cassina archive, including works by le corbusier, charlotte perriand, gerrit t. rietveld, charles rennie mackintosh, gio ponti, vico magistretti, jean-marie massaud, and piero lissoni, to name a few, and captured ‘portraits’ of them — his own personal interpretations of the furniture objects, positioning them in conversation, focusing on details, arranging them to form graphic compositions, expressing them as unusual and mysterious, without betraying their original identity.



backstage video capturing karl lagerfeld photographing the cassina collectionvideo courtesy of cassina(main) photo by karl lagerfeld for cassina



the prints, whose production have been executed by gerhard steidl, are on show in the ‘an authentic eye’ exhibition at cassina’s showroom in paris until sunday, march 10th 2013. ‘I had never ‘worked’ on this kind of project. to visually reinterpret examples of perfect design is completely new for me, and therefore stimulating, exciting even. I am also a fan of the cassina ‘productions’ (…). my first ‘order’ was the famous chaise-longue by le corbusier, pierre jeanneret and charlotte perriand in the 60’s…‘ — karl lagerfeld

aspen sofas by jean-marie massaudphoto by karl lagerfeld for cassina

tre pezzi wool armchairs by franco albiniphoto by karl lagerfeld for cassina

portrait karl lagerfeld with 699 superleggera chairs by gio pontiphoto by karl lagerfeld for cassina

699 superleggera chairs by gio pontiphoto by karl lagerfeld for cassina

karl lagerfeld backstage, preparing the setting for the photo shoot of veliero bookcase (franco albini) and 699 superleggera (gio ponti)photo © olivier saillant

cassina paris exhibitionphoto © alexis narodetzky

willow armchair and hill house chairs by charles rennie mackintoshphoto by karl lagerfeld for cassina

zig zag chairs by gerrit thomas rietveldphoto by karl lagerfeld for cassina

LC2 armchairs by le corbusier (pierre jeanneret and charlotte perriand)photo by karl lagerfeld for cassina


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