Rick Owens’ thoroughly clean, brutalist traces are contrasted in opposition to the “childlike touch” of present-day Italian design and style in the Rick Owens – Dialog with Rising Italian Designers exhibition curated by Galerie Philia as component of Milan design week.
The rising designers’ pieces were created in response to properly-identified parts by Owens such as an antlered table from his Evolution sequence and the geometric Alchemy chair.
“When you talk about present-day designers among 20 and 35 a long time previous, 80 for every cent of them ended up inspired by Rick Owens,” Galerie Philia co-founder Ygaël Attali informed Dezeen.
“In design, some parts are awesome looking but they don’t have an aura. Rick Owens parts are not even striving to be wonderful looking. They are not striving to be comfortable or attractive. They are just there and if you like them, you like them.”
All were contributors had been decided on by Attali for their irreverent model, which enhances and contrasts with the comparative gravity of Owens’ do the job.
“The strategy is to generate this a dialogue between Rick Owens’ heaviness and power, and these airier, softer tonalities that Italian up to date structure can offer you,” Attali explained.
“In get to develop a dialogue, you want to have two diverse viewpoints simply because if they’re much too very similar, the dialogue is not that fascinating.”
In the exhibition, the objects are arranged into compact clusters that Attali describes as “scenes”.
Style duo Morghen contributed a brass chandelier reminiscent of a tree department, which is paired with a minimalist, oxidised stainless metal desk by bespoke home furniture studio dAM Atelier and blackened bronze vessels by Owens.
Other vases, urns and bowls from his bronze sequence, lots of showcasing bulbous bodies and triangular feet, are presented on an undulating marble coffee table by Milanese architect Lorenzo Bini as well as on Franceschini’s onyx plinths, their sensitive black veining matching the colouring of the homeware.
Another piece by Franceschini, the zoomorphic Urania marble chair, is offset versus just one of Bottoni‘s dainty glassware layouts, a floating vase held upright by a jagged rock put on its foundation.
Taken together, Attali argues these parts serve to emphasise not just the affect of Owens but also the special features of Italian style.
“Galerie Philia also works with designers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, and when I compare them to Italian design it is incredibly distinct,” he described.
“In Italian design and style, there is normally this playfulness, this softness, this straightforward, childlike touch.”
Launched in 2015, Galerie Philia is a modern day style and design and artwork gallery with outposts in Geneva, New York and Singapore.
Previously this year, the gallery hosted an exhibition in Manhattan’s art deco Walker Tower, showcasing more than 70 operates by 40 intercontinental designers such as a chubby pink concrete chair by Studio Noon.
Photography is by Maison Mouton Noir.
Rick Owens – Dialog with Emerging Italian Designers will be on show at Spazio CB32 in Milan right up until 10 September as aspect of Milan design and style week 2021. See Dezeen Situations Guide for an up-to-day listing of architecture and structure activities using place all-around the planet.