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raf simons discusses life after calvin klein

He spoke about future projects in an interview with the Guardian.

by Roisin Lanigan
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10 April 2019, 11:14am

Photography Willy Vanderperre

When Raf Simons announced he was leaving Calvin Klein at the end of last year, we had mixed emotions. Would he crop up at the helm of another colossal fashion house? Or instead expand his namesake brand to womenswear? Well, the first of his artistic ventures has been announced, and it turns out that he’s pivoted to owning a cafe. Well, kind of.

In an interview with the Guardian the newly free agent discussed his ongoing collaboration on furniture textiles with Danish textile company Kvadrat, the result of which will be displayed in Milan during the Salone del Mobile design show this month. Forgoing a traditional presentation, Raf is instead opening displaying said Kvadrat furniture -- with the textiles he has designed -- within three demountable houses.

With flatpack houses designed by French architect Jean Prouvé — who created demountable homes to help with a mounting housing crisis in the 1940s, a situation that’s equally as prescient today — Raf’s textile designs will also be displayed as domestic spaces and atelier style workshops. Rochelle Canteen has also opened a weeklong residency in the space where Kvadrat and Raf are presenting.

“We’ll have a cafe, and a space for social interaction,” he told the Guardian. “It’s not a showroom, it’s an environment, a place of inspiration. I hope it’s as good as it sounds. It’s so much more massive than anything we’ve done before.”