Room with a view: the line of sight of a fashion designer
From Manolo Blahnik to Margaret Howell, we have invited fashion designers to document by hand what they can see from their work tables or windows, be they views of the green garden landscape, or urban portraits of baroque architecture. They might just inspire you to work on your own isolation sketch.
Over the past month, we turned to view the world from a smaller viewfinder. Because our new parameter perspective has changed, we have found improvements in everyday household details or striking beauty in the natural world, which is now largely visible through our window. Because fashion designers have adjusted to a new way of life consisting of four walls, from Beijing to Berlin, London to Longiano, we invite those in our creative community to document with their hands what they can see from their desk or window. Here we present our rooms with a view.
Manolo Blahnik, Bath
“The sky is almost blue in the Mediterranean,” said the giant shoe from the lush garden view from the window of his room.
Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women’s clothing Dior, Rome
A fused Italian flag hung from the window of Chiuri’s home in the Italian capital.
Michael Halpern, London
A jar of orange fruit and a fiery chili bowl sit at the desk of a woman’s fashion designer who tends to be colored.
Margaret Howell, Suffolk
‘One picture is like a sheep with tall grass planted grass. The other is my hazelnut tree, which I planted myself with seeds many years ago. I drew this right when new leaves came out. At least nature continues to run as usual ‘- MH.
Marco de Vincenzo, Rome
From her window, women’s fashion designers can see the beautiful baroque architecture in Rome.
Massimo Giorgetti, founder of MSGM, Milan
A balcony decorated with plants welcomed Giorgetti when he looked across Milan from his apartment.
Karl Templer, creative director of Ports 1961, London
The view of the green park greets the creative director from his desk in London.
Pierre Hardy, Paris
Display window through accessories and jewelry The aficion wood paneled apartment expresses the splendor of the Seine River.
Thom Browne, New York
The designer presents an abstract look from the location of Central Park West.
Petar Petrov, Vienna
Mannequins and cutting tables form the designer landscape in medieval apartments and live-in studios.
Isabel Marant, Paris
Natural beauty welcomes the beautiful Parisian ancestors from her window.
Samuel Ross, founder of A-Cold-Wall *, London
The men’s clothing designer who pushes the limits of sharing the domestic scene from a London-based home he shares with his family.
Maria Skappel-Holzweiler, head of design for Holzweiler, Oslo
For the head of the family run design, the Norwegian brand, the gap comes to watch his children Paint Easter eggs, outside on the pergola.
Sean Suen, Beijing
The men’s fashion designer, who has been locked down since late January, shares the domestic scene with pencils and colored wax crayons.
Lorraine Acornley, creative director of Begg & Co., Hertfordshire
A quick daily observation sketch of potted plants on Acornley’s desk, ‘explore lines and materials’.
Giuseppe Zanotti, Longiano
The Italian shoe giant is currently at his home in Longiano, Emilia-Romagna, not far from the brand’s factory.
Daniel Rosenberry, artistic director of Schiaparelli, New York
“My window, my desk, my belongings and mine” – DR.
Tammy Kane, co-founder and creative director of Christopher Kane, London
The natural landscape in the conservatory has been imagined using oil on canvas and crayon oil.
Albert Kriemler, Akris creative director, Appenzell
Row of The First Suprematis Poem (1965), by writer, visual artist and gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay, greets Kriemler.
Giuseppe Marretta, director of men’s clothing design, Pringle of Scotland, London
Exhibition posters and green plant life offer a visual distraction for men’s clothing designers.
Design collective MM6, MM6, Paris
The eclectic collective presents symbolic sketches that are inspired by the inversion of social structure. “Even so, we are still singing,” they added.
Cecilie Bahnsen, Copenhagen
A large Scottish pine stands outside the Bahnsen window in the Danish capital.
Erdem Moralıoğlu, London
A sketch of the roof of the house from Moralıoğlu’s window is between ready-made illustrations and pieces of cloth.
Alessandro Sartori, artistic director of Ermenegildo Zegna, Milan
An abstract work of art, comfortable chairs and Cire Trudon candles all form the Sartori layout.
Roksanda Ilinčić, London
Molly Molloy, one of the founders of Colville, Milan
‘I look into the courtyard of a bright yellow apartment and have a balcony full of tropical plants. When the sun goes down, I have my window open, you can hear the clatter of plates at lunch and the amazing aroma of Italian cuisine. ‘- MM
Ramesh Nair, artistic director of Moynat, Paris
A pile of artist monographs and cat friends sitting at Nair’s busy desk.
Feng Chen Wang, Shanghai
The Shanghai skyline built forms the backdrop to the men’s fashion designer studio space.
Alexandre Ami Mattiussi, founder of AMI, Paris
The window display which is completely free from the building offers a natural gift of clear blue sky. §