Born 1961, California
Lives and works in Paris, France
Since 2006, Rick Owens has been presenting a collection of monolithic furniture produced in collaboration with his life partner, artist Michèle Lamy. In line with the overall design ethos, Owens describes the exceptional style, look, and feel of the objects they create as “luxe minimalism.” The designs are strongly influenced by nature, consisting of hard, pure, simple, organic shapes hewn from unorthodox materials like bone, petrified wood, concrete, and camel skin.
Owens began his career in design in 1994 with his fashion label in Los Angeles. After moving to France in 2002, he has been showing sculptural ready-to-wear for men and women on the Paris runway ever since. Known for an anti-conventional aesthetic, Owens' shows have gained recognition for breaking conventions of race, gender, body size, and runway show format. He is a recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Emerging Talent Award, the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award, and the Fashion Group International’s Rule Breaking Award.