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