Calvin Klein’s First Design Miami/Basel Installation Features Raf Simons’ Limited-run Feltri Armchairs for Cassina

RAF’S AMERICAN SPIRIT: For the first Calvin Klein installation at Design Miami/Basel, Raf Simons has envisioned an upcycled American barn with an assortment of limited-edition Cassina Feltri armchairs.
Dreamed up by the Italian designer Gaetano Pesce in 1987, the Feltri armchair is an ironic take on the royal throne. But Calvin Klein’s chief creative officer selected upholstery for the patented Feltri, which has a soft backrest. Each of 100 numbered Feltri armchairs has a one-of-a-kind American heirloom quilt dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries, emblematic of American heritage and a homespun, handcrafted ethos of days gone by.
For an added Americana element, one of the barns built with reclaimed wood from the 19th century for the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC fall show will be reconstructed at the fair. As part of an ongoing alliance with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, there are billboard-size images papered on the interior of the barn. Attendees at Design Miami/Basel, which gets underway Tuesday, will have first dibs on the first 50 chairs. The other 50 will go up for grabs at a later date.

Americana-quilts adorn the Cassina Filtra limited edition chairs 

The Warhol Foundation’s director of licensing Michael Dayton Hermann said Monday, “The

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Comme des Garçons Commissions Art Installation for Shopping Event

THE ART OF SHOPPING: Leave it to Comme des Garçons to add an offbeat, experiential component to what is essentially a clearance sale: The brand commissioned artist Assi Joseph Meidan to create an installation for the latest edition of its Market Market shopping event in Paris.
With a theme of White Noise, the sale kicked off on Thursday in a vast industrial depot in the up-and-coming district of Pantin north of Paris. In addition to Comme des Garçons, it offered a wide array of past seasons’ clothing, shoes and accessories from its many satellite brands, such as Junya Watanabe, Noir Kei Ninomiya and Gosha Rubchinskiy.
By invitation only on the first day, the space was open to the public from Friday to Sunday. In addition to refreshments from coffee specialist Coutume and Canal Saint-Martin café Ten Belles, it features a booth broadcasting live original musical programming by online broadcaster Rinse.fr.
Meidan said his installation, featuring minimalist industrial sculptures made from neon lights and frosted glass panels, was designed to create a link between some of his early work, the hangar market space and the DNA of Comme des Garçons.
“My work on this project was mostly inspired by the space itself. When I understood

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Joe Corré Mounts Art Installation in London Showcasing Burned Punk Memorabilia

ASHES TO ASHES: Never one to shy away from publicity, Joe Corré has taken pieces of his punk memorabilia that he burned in 2016 and created works of art that are on display at the Lazinc gallery in London.
“This expensive pile of ash commemorates the demise of punk but also society as we know it,” said Corré during the opening of the Ash From Chaos exhibition on Thursday. “Punk was hijacked by corporations and the establishment, its potency rendered meaningless. Punk is dead, it is used by corporations to offer people an illusion of an alternative choice to sell them something they don’t need. It’s been hijacked — but I’ve hijacked it back, and we can now use that opportunity to see things for what they really are. Now we’re talking about the value of ash.”
Corré, is the son of Vivienne Westwood and the late Malcolm McLaren, who managed the Sex Pistols. He cofounded the lingerie brand Agent Provocateur in 1994 with his ex-wife Serena Rees.
Two years ago, Corré joined his mother in West London to set fire to his punk memorabilia collection. The burning ritual took place in the year that London celebrated the 40th anniversary of punk, with

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The Standard High Line Brings ‘Parkland 17’ Installation to New York for ‘March for Our Lives’

The Standard, High Line is supporting the March for Our Lives this weekend with the unveiling of Parkland 17, a commemorative exhibition and call to action curated by artist Calyann Barnett, done with the support of Dwayne Wade. The installation, which was most recently on display at Wynwood Art Walk in Miami on March 10 for a 17-hour residence, is comprised of 17 desks.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the installation will also feature a live mural painting of the phrase “we demand change” by artist Manuel Oliver. The hotel will also have open a call to action center, their ‘ring your rep’ phone booths, where people can phone representatives of Congress regarding gun control.
“The Standard originally became involved when Dwayne Wade approached us while he was working on the Parkland 17 installation for the Wynwood Art Walk. He wanted the installation to commemorate the lives lost, but also offer a call to action, and instinctively recruited the help of our Ring Your Rep phone booth from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach,” said Landis Smithers, chief creative officer of Standard International. “With the March for Our Lives imminent, it felt only right to bring Parkland 17 to our space

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Prabal Gurung and Skylight Kick Off ‘March for Our Lives’ Light Installation

Beginning tonight, Roosevelt Island will be aglow in support of March for Our Lives, the gun control marches set for around the world tomorrow, March 24. Prabal Gurung is partnering with Skylight Studios to create the light installation, which will be illuminated from 6 to 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings. The project, which is done with support from Rolling Stone magazine, features the work of light artist Bentley Meeker.
“I’ve always believed in using my platform to advocate against the injustices so many face in our modern society, and it is becoming painstakingly apparent how imminent the threat of gun violence is in America,” Gurung said. “Our lives are at risk; on average, 96 Americans are killed with guns each day, and the risk is even higher for women, minorities and children. Gun violence is a major threat in our country, but so is the prominence of ignorance and apathy. We cannot stay quiet or still. Now more than ever, it is time for us to work together to create change, to give students a path to design a more beautiful tomorrow.”
The installation, called “Freedom From Fear,” will take over Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and will be visible from all five

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Melissa Shoes Taps Artists Rachel Rossin, Cecilia Salama for Store Installation

Melissa Shoes has mounted two artist installations within its SoHo store.
The Brazilian rubberized shoe company has teamed with Rachel Rossin and Cecilia Salama on special works on display through May.
Rossin’s video piece is played on massive pixelated screens that comprise the Melissa store lobby.
Salama installed an immersive experience inside a petite stand-alone room — surrounding shoppers with her conceptual, visualized play on themes like migration, eco-diversity, femininity and identity politics.
“Melissa presented me a lot of material on their new collection, called Mapping — a lot of it had to do with borders. I managed to relate this to a theme I use a lot in my work, which are butterflies. They possess both power and vulnerability — I started doing a lot of research about their migratory journey and learned they are one of the largest symbols of immigration right now,” the artist explained of her piece, titled “Danaus Plexippus.”
Salama’s work has a souvenir component — the installation offers a butterfly-shaped “seed bomb” to visitors. The tiny objects are inlaid with milk thistle seeds, and when planted, they grow to become a plant enjoyed by butterflies as a source of shelter and food.

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Coach Commissions Artist Arthur Peña for Dallas Installation

DOWN IN DALLAS: Coach wined and dined 50 Dallas fashion and art elites, influencers and philanthropists Thursday at The Joule Hotel. The teaser for the new, expanded store, opening June 30 at NorthPark Center, was also a celebration of the brand’s commission of work by Dallas artist Arthur Peña. It was the first such collaboration for Coach, and the artist created colorful abstract murals for three branded billboard-like banners around town plus an exhibition that runs through early July in the mall. NorthPark is known for its museum-quality collection of modern and contemporary art, and Dallas is a hotbed of contemporary art collectors.
“We were trying to find a way to be locally relevant, to cut through,” said Coach North America marketing director Alexis Kirk. “We wanted to do [the artwork] in the community and then bring it back to the center.”
Dallas Contemporary exhibition director and senior curator Justine Ludwig linked Peña with the brand. “Stuart Vevers [Coach’s creative director] brings art and music together in a really beautiful way, and that’s what Arthur does in his practice,” she said, noting Peña’s openings regularly feature a band. “Thank you, Coach, for having faith in Dallas-based talent.”
Guests included Lynn McBee, Jane Aldridge, Michelle Nussbaumer, Maxine

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Azzedine Alaïa Unveils Kris Ruhs Installation

GARDEN PARTY: Shapes — an estimated 45,000 of them — are on display at Azzedine Alaïa’s gallery in Paris, site of his spring-summer 2016 fashion show earlier in October.
But the shapes are branches, leaves, blooms and berries, all handmade in brass and white porcelain by American artist Kris Ruhs and strung from the ceiling in dense, paisley-shaped arrangements – like some abstract Christmas tree.
Titled “The Hanging Garden,” the installation was unveiled Thursday in tandem with the Fiac contemporary art fair.
Leading a tour of the display, art scholar and critic Donatien Grau said it took more than a week for Ruhs to assemble the thousands of elements, with members of Alaia’s design students lending a hand — along with a number of artist helpers, including Tatiana Trouvé, Adel Abdessemed, Mike Bouchet and Julian Schnabel.
“It makes you smile,” said Grau, calling shapes the linchpin element of Ruhs’ work, which spans jewelry, interiors and objects.
Billed as the first Paris exhibition for Ruhs, it runs through Dec. 27.

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