Friday, January 23, 2015

Alexander Wang Premiers New Furniture Collection

American fashion designer, renowned for his urban, chic, trend-setting styles has jumped on the furniture design bandwagon. Alexander Wang has debuted a three-piece furniture collection for Italian brand Poltrona Frau.

The creative director of French house Balenciaga has unveiled the new collection comprising of a brass-footed beanbag chair in inky black shearling, a second version in leather and a companion bar cabinet, wrapped in squares of jet-black shagreen, that opens to reveal jagged brass shelves. True to his signature style, the 30-year old designer has effortlessly blended luxury with street-style. Giving his creations a Wang-touch, the $8,800 beanbag chair’s base stands on nine sides unlike the usual symmetrical eight. Also the bar is crafted to swivel on luggage-style wheels.

Emphasizing the urge to add oomph to everyday product, the designer elucidates about designing the beanbag chair. Wang spoke about it to Wall Street Journal, “It’s banal, an everyday item. We always had them in the TV room. But I like to recontextualize what is banal, what is luxurious. To make it with Poltrona, that just completely changes it. And yet at the end of the day, it’s still a beanbag chair.” He added “I love that.”

Always keen to try his hand in furniture, Wang has, over a period, developed liking for exotic finishes and the furniture designed by Karl Springer, Milo Baughman and the likes.

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