RICK OWENS' VENETIAN HOUSE

"Mortality, death and utopia," tells Mr. Owens. "All those wonderful themes of mine."

By Balthazar Malevolent

RICK OWENS' VENETIAN HOUSE

The dark tones, unorthodox constructions and brooding skin of Rick Owens's clothing designs are less evident in his Venice home arrangements which he shares with Michèle Lamy, an inamorata and business associate. Since 2007, the influential fashion designer has begun to create pieces for the penthouse, channeling interior design signs that celebrate its brutal affinity while paying homage to the rich history of the Italian community - an intimate view at the sizable room or as Lamy quipped, "Superman's palace."

Rick Owens's minimalist house in Venice, Italy - Library.

Owens envisioned a most tranquil world that would be serious and would remove any sort of sentimentality or attachments, a clean slate. "Blank" is an ideal term for describing a residence with travertine marble floors, clean white walls and living spaces that are minimally decorated with personal memories such as human skulls. Most importantly, this very unostentatious nature of the home serves as an inspiration for the couturier who wanted to build an atmosphere for himself that would inspire him to demand more and demand something better. "And I got to be at my very, very, very best," said Owens.

Rick Owens's minimalist house in Venice, Italy - Fireplace.

Owens all in all proclaimed that it would have been stupid to do something exceedingly theatrical, something destroyed and brutal.

Rick Owens's minimalist house in Venice, Italy - Dining table.Rick Owens's minimalist house in Venice, Italy - Terrace.

Owens finds his vision of the home to be one of "extreme formal," completely opposite to his house in Paris, which he told is "more comfortable." But, with his room in Venice, he feels that loneliness and "a little tinge of sadness" hanging over the town and, therefore, those times were incorporated into the design. "Mortality, death and utopia," tells Mr. Owens. "All those wonderful themes of mine."

Rick Owens's minimalist house in Venice, Italy - Living room.
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