'Architectures': Karl Lagerfeld's first-ever sculpture exhibition is inspired by classical Greek columns

'Architectures': Karl Lagerfeld's first-ever sculpture exhibition is inspired by classical Greek columns

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Text: Aravin Sandran

Fashion's living legend Karl Lagerfeld has been a busy man in October. Having recently restaged Chanel's latest cruise collection along Bangkok's Chao Phraya river, the creative multi-hyphenate is currently presenting his first-ever exhibition of sculptural works at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris.

Titled 'Architectures', the show was developed in collaboration with architect Aline Asmar d'Amman, an architect and interior designer based in Beirut and Paris. A creative dialogue with Lagerfeld led her to carry out the studies and development of his designs.

The show consists of tables, fountains, mirrors, lamps and art objects that call to mind the monumental columns of classical Greek architecture. While this tried-and-tested aesthetic might not be entirely ground-breaking, the German creative believes in its timelessness stating that "they truly are the standards of beauty". 

Each piece is precisely cut, sculpted, faceted and polished by Italian craftsmen from two rarified marble types: the Arabescato Fantastico, which is a white marble that has not been quarried for more than thirty years, and the black Nero Marquina marble that was selected for its brush stroke-like milky white veins.  

Surprisingly enough, while the production was fastidious, Lagerfeld's design approach was improvised. "I love things that aren't planned. The process is not premeditated as you think," he said. "I'm totally improvised."

'Architectures' is produced in a limited edition with eight pieces in each marble colour and four artist proofs.

'Karl Lagerfeld: Architectures' is on show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris until 23 December 2018.