January 17, 2021

Thom Browne Creates Installation at Design Miami/Basel

MILAN — Design Miami/Basel has asked Thom Browne to create an installation for its 2017 Design at Large platform. This is the fourth edition of the large-scale presentation and the first time a fashion designer has been charged to conceive it.
For the event held on Monday, Browne assembled 15 vintage desks, including statement pieces from Jean Prouvé and Ron Arad. The American designer, known for his grandiose and theatrical productions, re-created the set from his fall 2014 men’s runway show held in Paris: a Japanese-inspired garden. The desks were surrounded by trees, a little bridge, and animals made with fabrics. Browne also used desks as props for his show held in January 2009 at Pitti Uomo in Florence. At the time, 40 models typed at identical work stations, but in Basel, in a choreographed performance conceived for Design at Large, 15 young art students from Lausanne, Switzerland, all wearing Thom Browne, sat at the desks with paper and pencil to create their own works.
“I love doing my shows, but it’s nice to do something outside fashion,” said Browne, who enjoyed seeing the installation “come out of storage, live again and be seen by a different audience. It’s inspiring.” Browne said

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