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August 2 2014

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FOS Gets Physical for Céline

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FOS for Celine

Beneath Phoebe Philo’s athletic, streamlined wares for Céline, the designer has her quirks—remember Spring ’13′s fur-lined Birkenstocks or Fall ’13′s tied-sleeve coats? That penchant for the unconventional will soon extend to the brand’s London flagship, which, opening in September, will feature furniture by Danish artist FOS.

“Fashion is a two-faced being. On one side, the value it produces mirrors our time, but on the other, it is a giant retail spider,” FOS (née Thomas Poulsen) told Style.com from Copenhagen. It’s a fitting sound-off for an artist-cum-ergonomist who seemingly lives somewhere between fantasy and reality—just look at his oddly storelike installations that skew perceptions of space, purpose, dreams, and cognition. Reinterpreting his vision for an actual sales environment, FOS seamlessly transitioned from what he described as the “phenomenal” world into the “physical” one, creating singular, and surprisingly practical, accents like golden, tubular lamp shades and earthen table stands. FOS added, “This marks the high point in collaborating with Céline. Design has always been a part of my artistic frame, which by its nature is part of fashion’s.”

FOS’ furniture for Céline will be available via special order through London’s Max Wigram Gallery. Price upon request.

Photo: Courtesy of Max Wigram Gallery

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