Alexander Wang debuts new furniture collection
New objects of our desire...
As if the past year at the helm of Balenciaga hasn't been enough to keep Alexander Wang busy (not to mention a covetable collaboration with High Street giant H&M), he has joined forces with Italian interiors label, Poltrona Frau, to create a collection of a different kind – a limited line of furniture pieces.
The collection comprises three pieces: A brass-footed beanbag chair in black shearling, another version of the chair in leather and a bar cabinet wrapped in black shagreen, opening up to brass shelving. Each piece bears the Wang hallmark of street style cool, meets ultimate luxury, and by extension bear all the markings of a cult hit. The rich black leather and shearling upholstery could easily be an extension of the designers ready-to-wear and accessories creations.
The collection has been almost two years in the making, but a labour of love for the fashion designer who has always felt very connected to interiors and the design of his surroundings, made evident by his deep involvement in the interior design of his store, not to mention his New York apartment: "Over the last 10 years, furniture is where my interest has really evolved," says the 30-year-old designer, "When I started working in fashion, I always had an idea of an environment in my head, but how to actualise it, and what the references meant, that's new."
Speaking on the inspiration for the two chairs and the bar, Wang comments on the challenge of taking something "banal" and reimagining it on another level: "For me, design always has to stem from a place of integrity, and a genuine interest in something that I would want for myself or would be excited by," he says. "But at the same time, I like to reappropriate things so there's a sense of irony. How do we take it from what we know to something that feels more extreme, very extreme, sometimes?"
The line is due to be available at select outlets next month and Buro 27/4 predicts it will sell out in no time...