from october 19 – december 22, 2018, carpenters workshop gallery introduces karl lagerfeld’s first ever exhibition of sculptural works. ‘architectures’ comprises monochromatic, functional sculptures that draw from antiquity, referred to by lagerfeld as ‘the origin of beauty, culture and modernity’. presented at the gallery’s parisian location, the exhibition evokes a contemporary architectural landscape with greek origins, with pieces blending the precision of canonical proportions, with the most noble material — marble.

karl lagerfeld architectures
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carpenters workshop gallery exhibits gueridons, tables, lamps, consoles, fountains and mirrors, with each piece of ‘architectures’ carved from two types of carefully selected marble blocks. arabescato fantastico is a rare white stone with dark grey veins; black nero marquina features brush stroke-like, white veins. the marble is precisely cut, sculpted, faceted and polished in italy. the resulting, black-and-white forms exemplify lagerfeld’s monochromatic style.

karl lagerfeld architectures
‘architectures’ comprises monochromatic, functional sculptures that draw from antiquity



the meticulous work with marble — studied and developed in collaboration with architect aline asmar d’amman — sees lighting works diffuse a specific daylight. the shades of the table lamps are distinctively hand-painted using the most traditional, decorative arts techniques. ever-shifting between the antique and the contemporary, the collection pushes the boundaries of craftsmanship and history. the collection is a limited edition of eight pieces in each marble color, plus four artist proofs.

karl lagerfeld architectures
pieces blend the precision of canonical proportions with marble

karl lagerfeld architectures

  • Maybe hang on to the day job a while longer Karl 😉

    Adam Brocklehurst says:

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