Aesthetics of Extravagance and Drama: A Peek Inside Rick Owens' House in Italy
by J. Parker
Known for his minimalist style, fashion designer Rick Owens is also known for his one-of-a-kind home in Concordia, Italy . In a video for Vogue, he gives a glimpse into his apartment and shows how he lives in this space.
Rick Owens' Bedroom - From Vogue Video - © Vogue
A house that gives space to creativity
Rick Owens' house is a place where he can express his creativity. It is opposite his factory building where he creates his collections. In this room he lives with few things, but they are very important to him. "I don't want to live with a lot of things in this space. I'm not very acquisitive, but the things I live with are very important to me," he explains.
Minimalist design related to art
Some of the special pieces that Owens displays in his home are sculptures. The George Minne sculpture "Kneeling Youth" is an example of this. Owens describes her as "introverted, melancholic, but also vaguely spiritual". Owens also emphasizes how important the connection between art and design is to him: "The clothes I make are like a kind of sculpture."
George Minne sculpture "Kneeling Youth" in Rick Owens' interior - Aus the video from Vogue - © Vogue
Use of materials from past decades
Owens uses a variety of materials in his home to create a unique atmosphere. One of the most notable choices is its use of army blankets, inspired by Joseph Beuys. "I always insulated my rooms with vintage army blankets," he says. "As a symbol of protection, insulation and isolation." He also uses a lot of travertine, a material he describes as "classic tone". "I like putting myself in that zone," he explains.
Owenscorp Bar: Community and Design
Owenscorp Bar is a communal space across from Owens' factory building. This is where Owens' team members and the community can eat and drink. "It's a place where you can relax and have something to eat or drink," says Owens. The room is furnished with furniture from Owens' own collection, including a mural of Owens' daughter, Scarlet Rouge.
Inside Owenscope Bar - Off the video from Vogue - © Vogue
A place to unite the past and the future
Owens' living space is an example of how to connect the past and the future. He shows objects from his homeware collection as well as relics from earlier interior work. "I love combining the past and the future," he says. "I think that creates a retro-futuristic aesthetic that I've developed over the years."
A house as a creative oasis
Owens' home in Italy is a place that allows him to express his creativity. With little decoration and a minimalist aesthetic, he creates a space that is spiritual and relaxing at the same time. "I like going into a space where I can work without anything bothering me," he says. "That is very important to me."
A reminder of the transience of life
Owens' house also has some unusual items that reflect his personality. A skull sculpture serves as a reminder of the transience of life. "I use them as a 'memento mori' to remind myself that everything is impermanent," says Owens. A collection of pistols reminds him of his father, who had a difficult relationship with him. "They are a loving reminder of him now," says Owens.
Rick Owens, his skull sculpture and his collection of pistols he inherited from his father (right) - Off the video from Vogue - © Vogue
Skull Sculpture - Off the video from Vogue - © Vogue
Onagadori Rooster feathers as a symbol of unlimited possibilities
One of the most intriguing collections in Owens' house are Onagadori Rooster feathers. "I've always dreamed of collecting these feathers," he says. These Japanese chickens were originally bred in the 17th century, and their feathers are particularly beautiful and unusually long. "They remind me that anything is possible," says Owens.
Onagadori Rooster Feathers - Off the video from Vogue - © Vogue
An aesthetic of extravagance and drama
Everything in Owens' house seems to cater to his aesthetic of extravagance and drama. From the army blankets to the unusual artwork and objects, each item seems to have been carefully chosen to create a unique atmosphere. "I like to have things that have a certain pop," he says. "I think it's about creating extravagance and drama when choosing decorations."
The Beauty of Simplicity: A Final Look at Rick Owens' Home
Rick Owens' home is not only a place to live, but also a place of creation and inspiration. His love of reduction and minimalism, paired with the extravagance and drama of his aesthetic, make this room something unique. Owens' use of unusual materials and objects representing memories of his past and personality emphasizes the connection between art and design, making the interior a true work of art. If you want to be inspired by Owens' creativity and vision, be sure to check out his video from Vogue.
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