Calvin Klein | Unveils Barn Installation at Design Miami/Basel
Raf Simons has a very unique vision of what Americana is that includes a romanticized image of the deserts in the Western United States and the agriculture industry, as well as the works of American contemporary artists. This vision is the central theme for his work for Calvin Klein.
The Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer is expanding his vision beyond clothing and imagery. This week the PVH-owned label unveiled its first installation, an American barn featuring limited edition Cassina Feltri armchairs, at Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland.
Initially built for the CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Fall 2018 runway show, produced by Bureau Betak, the barn is reconstructed from reclaimed wood dating back to the 19th century. Billboard-scale images of artwork by Andy Warhol line the walls of the barn as part of Calvin Klein’s multi-level partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Fifty Feltri armchairs accompany the barn numbered 1-50 and are available for purchase at Design Miami/Basel. The Feltri armchair is Italian designer Gaetano Pesce’s ironic take on the royal throne for Cassina, featuring a thick wool felt structure, soft backrest and thermosetting resin on the lower part.
Raf and Cassina collaborated to select 100 numbered Feltri armchairs that feature one-of-a-kind American heirloom quilts that date to the 19th and 20th centuries. While chairs 1-50 will be on view at Design Miami/Basel, chairs 50-100 will be made available for purchase through Cassina in the near future.