For some time now, the relationship between fashion and design has been very fruitful rich of exchanges and collaborations, which although have given rise to heated debates.
While some believe that the synergy between the two disciplines is the best way to explore new creative universes, the “purists” think that this relationship ends up distorting both design and fashion. Cassina and Calvin Klein certainly share the first hypothesis. The two well-known brands, have recently collaborated on a project (presented during the last edition of Design Miami/Basel) involving one of the iconic items of design – the famous Feltri armchair designed by Gaetano Pesce.
Produced by Cassina in 1987, the chair is now re-interpreted and restyled by Raf Simons, fashion designer and Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein Inc. The creative touch of the Belgian designer consisted in covering Feltri with quilts from the American Amish community of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Selected by Simons himself for Calvin Klein, these artefacts are emblematic of the American cultural heritage and the value of simple craftsmanship objects that belong to the past. The new Feltri version is produced in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Above: Feltri Armchair re-designed by Raf Simons for Cassina-Calvin Klein. Photo by Stefano De Monte.