In the run-up to the renowned FIAC (Foire internationale d'art contemporain) art fair in the French capital, which will be held from October 19 to 22, Parisian gallery A1043 is presenting an exhibition entitled "Comme des garçons furniture - Le mobilier de Rei Kawakubo."
A far cry from the catwalk eccentricities we are used to seeing from the Japanese fashion house, the collection of furniture by Rei Kawakubo is the epitome of sobriety. It is composed of a table, a screen and five chairs.
With regard to the latter, comfort is not the priority. The chairs are designed to impose a particular posture, just as some of the label's clothes obliged their wearers to hold themselves in a certain way. As for materials, the collection features untreated wood that has been sanded but not varnished, and metals that have been sandblasted and coated in zinc.
Launched in September 2016, the A1043 gallery presents the work of cutting-edge and well-known designers such as Philippe Starck and Ettore Sottsass. "Comme des garçons furniture - Le mobilier de Rei Kawakubo" opened this week and runs through December 22 at the A1043 gallery in Paris.