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Organic Chaos in Rick Owens: Furniture

A new book delves into the fashion icon’s furniture designs—and how his life partner, Michèle Lamy, has shaped them.

A new book delves into the fashion icon’s furniture designs—and how his life partner, Michèle Lamy, has shaped them.

A fashion designer having a muse is hardly groundbreaking, but, for Rick Owens, when it comes to his longtime partner Michèle Lamy, he has yet to discover the limits of the ways she can inspire him—at least, when she isn’t getting the job done herself. Out this spring, Rick Owens: Furniture (Rizzoli) showcases the furniture and design objects that Owens has produced in collaboration with her since 2007.

The book's cover.

The volume is simultaneously an ode to Lamy, who is affectionately referred to throughout as “Hun.” It’s the “organic chaos” she brings to the table that has shaped the designs, from a pill-shaped stone lamp to a crystal toilet bowl to a series of marble or plywood Stag stools that each has a single moose antler as a back. “I can be impatiently and tediously pragmatic,” Owens told the Los Angeles Times Magazine in 2010, in an interview printed in the book. “She can coax things out of people with love.”

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