CALVIN KLEIN X CASSINA AT DESIGN MIAMI / BASEL, SWITZERLAND
CALVIN KLEIN unveiled its first installation at the 2018 edition of Design Miami/ Basel: a unique vision of an expansive international landscape, as interpreted by Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, featuring an authentic American barn and a showcase of limited edition Cassina Feltri armchairs with upholstery selected by Mr. Simons.
Created by influential Italian designer Gaetano Pesce for Cassina in 1987, the Feltri armchair is an ironic take on the royal throne, melding art and functionality. It has since become an established icon and a mainstay of modern art and contemporary design collectibles. The Feltri’s thick wool felt structure is made using a specially patented technique; the backrest is soft and enveloping while the lower part, infused with thermosetting resin, is firm and durable.
An admirer of Gaetano Pesce’s work, Mr. Simons approached Cassina about initiating what he refers to as a “cultural correspondence.” The result is a selection of 100 numbered Feltri armchairs in which CALVIN KLEIN house codes are applied to the armchair’s interior upholstery. Each armchair features one-of-a-kind American heirloom quilts that date to the 19th and 20th centuries, emblematic of both American heritage and a homespun, handcrafted ethos of days gone by.
In line with Mr. Simons’ continued exploration of an international dialogue as filtered through an American lens, CALVIN KLEIN’s installation presented a vast open space punctuated by a freestanding barn and populated by a field of limited edition Feltri armchairs. Armchairs numbered 1 – 50 were offered for sale at the Fair, while the remaining 50 – 100 will be made available for purchase through Cassina at a later date.
The barn, one of several built for the CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Fall 2018 runway show, is reconstructed from reclaimed wood dated to the 19th Century. The barn’s walls are papered with billboard-scale images of artwork by Andy Warhol, part of the brand’s ongoing and multi-level partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.