The collaboration between Calvin Klein and the Andy Warhol Foundation was announced last year.
In the presence of Raf Simons himself, Calvin Klein premiered its first installation at Design Miami/ Basel on Monday last week, a collection of limited-edition Cassina Feltri armchairs placed around an American barn featuring an orange and purple Andy Warhol’s electric chair. The barn was originally conceived for the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Fall 2018 runway show. It’s made of reclaimed wood dated back to the 19th century.
The Feltri armchair was originally designed for Cassina by Gaetano Pesce in 1987 as an ironic take on the royal throne. Inspired by Pesce, Calvin Klein’s Raf Simons selected heirloom American quilts to upholster the limited run of 100 chairs (half were available for purchase at the fair, while the remainder can be bought from Cassina). Simons imagined the project as a cultural dialogue, symbolic of both American heritage and the homespun spirit of the past.