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A throne for Lagerfeld - A design exploration using fashion as its muse.
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The Design Brief - I essentially wanted to use Lagerfeld's public persona and his appearance as the inspiration for my design language.
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Chanel to the Rescue
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Lagerfeld broken down - For the sake of design I generalized Karl into a few categories that would allow me to make more unique design decisions.
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Chanel as Inspiration - It is impossible to separate Lagerfeld from Chanel, as such I wanted to incorporate aspects of Chanel into the design as well.
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The Throne Archetype - To ground my concept in reality I wanted to take some cues from the language--psychological and physical--of chairs reserved for esteemed individuals.
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The Chair Realized - The Lagerfeld Chair
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Dimensions and Proportions - Using Karl's body measurements as a guide I devised the dimensions of the Lagerfeld Chair.
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The Form of the Chair - Though it is a contemporary interpretation, I wanted the chair to have a similar language to thrones of the past. The exaggerated arm rests of the chair act also as a buffer between the seated and those around them.
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The Details - I wanted there to be a ritual associated with sitting in the chair, to achieve this I designed two sliding brackets (pictured far right) that would be removed when the chair is in use and replaced when not in use.
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The Lagerfeld Chair - Constructed from a leather upholstered shell, attached to lacquered legs with metal accents, the chair became an exercise in how to achieve contemporary luxury with a nod to classic modes.
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The Lagerfeld Chair
The Lagerfeld Chair