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Rick Owens Couture Furniture Takes Up Residence at Maxfield

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Rick Owens, master of the deliberately louche chic layered look that Los Angelenos have long claimed and that the rest of the world covets, has turned his craftsmanship to furniture. Maxfield Gallery, across the street from its namesake shop, is the first West Coast presentation of the designer's furniture, called Turbo-L.A.-Monumental.

Maxfield Gallery is a loft-like, bright-lit space, and Owens' weighty furniture fills the room with opaque heft and the textured surfaces of sanded plywood and smooth stone. Rendered in ancient wood and alabaster, these are home furnishings made for aesthetes with really big living rooms and a desire to surround themselves in a Brutalist cocoon of blackened fossilized woods or perch upon massively lengthy chaises, for which custom cushions can be made. Owens designed these furnishings for himself and his wife, Michele Lamy, though a few are still available for purchase. Prices are as hefty as the pieces weigh, with a small plywood chair starting at around $10,000.

Still, it's always fun to see how fashion designers translate their visions away from fabric and into other materials. Our favorites were the small side chairs made of petrified timber, which were surprisingly comfortable, and whose polished surfaces revealed amber-colored layers of organic history as captured in the wood. A wooden couch looks like a slice of a concrete Brutalist building buffered by polished white stone; the tall wooden screen in the center is the lovechild of a Richard Serra sculpture and a fall '11 Rick Owens cape (which we saw on the racks at Maxfield across the street). Unlike Owens' signature clothes, however, there's no drapey accidental magic here, but rather a passionate foray away from ready-to-wear and into the precise, high-end realm of furniture couture.

The Rick Owens furniture exhibition is on view now and has been extended through Saturday, January 14. Pieces will continue to be available through the gallery.
· Maxfield [Official Site]
· Rick Owens [Official Site]


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