Top and Center: Clock in at this new penthouse co-working space in Makati.
RICK OWENS FURNITURE highlights the designer’s other great passion: creating bold sculptural pieces fit for a temple (of taste).
If you’ve seen how the Goth futurist garments Rick Owens turns out each season, you know this is not a guy who goes in for everyday midcentury modern home decor. The furniture he’s been making since 2006 looks more like it belongs in a massive prehistoric temple. A new book from Rizzoli outlines the creative process between the designer and his wife and muse, Michèle Lamy. Stark, totemic pieces in petrified bark, alabaster, plywood, and concrete fill these pages, interspersed with shots of Lamy directing teams of craftsmen. Owens once described his dream environment as “a Brutalist fur on a Brutalist rock next to a Brutalist fire in a Brutalist cave.” You might not want to live there, but that’s the beauty of this book—crack it open and take the trip anytime you like. rizzoliusa.com —Jon Roth
1 CURL UP AND STAY AWHILE
Owens staged a petrifiedwood daybed and twin stag-antler chairs in a 16thcentury Swiss aristocrat’s home. The cowhide mattress and fur throw are rare concessions to comfort.
2 PULL THE PLUG
An element from Owens’s “3Prong Bench” works just as well as a sculpture.
3 LIGHT READING
On the bedside table: cigarette butts, the score to Strauss’s Salome, and a tome on Viennese architect Otto Wagner. Rich stuff for a minimalist master.
4 HOME SWEET HOME
Substantial furniture and a sculptural urn set the tone in Owens and Lamy’s Place du Palais-Bourbon home (which once housed the French Socialist party) in Paris.
5 TOTEM GOALS
Animal-hide stools, stackedplywood benches, brass vessels, and antler accents form a makeshift altar.
6 BALANCED BEAMS
The “Plug Table,” in alabaster and plywood. At 12 feet long, it’s perfect for a big dinner party (or a sacrificial rite).