Argo by Raf Simons for Kvadrat is woven from the long silky hairs of the Angora goat, which give an exceptionally soft and lustrous deep pile. As well as bringing an irresistible tactile element to a decorative scheme, the long, glossy mohair fibers catch the light, emphasizing Argo’s richly textured curls.
A contemporary re-interpretation of the sheepskins, furs, and hides used by mid-century modern designers such as Jean Royère and Pierre Jeanneret, Argo is named in honor of the mythological hero Jason, whose ship the Argo carried him on his quest to find the Golden Fleece. This covetable fleecy textile is available in refined neutrals and modern yellows, pinks, and blues.
Argo is suitable for very light upholstery, cushions, and headboards are woven from top-quality natural materials.
In just two decades, the Belgian designer Raf Simons has headed four of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, transformed the silhouette of men’s fashion, and reimagined the way street style and fine art can influence design. Restless and yet fully-actualized in his aesthetic from the start, Simons continually manages to surprise while reasserting his sharp, fearless vision.
Simons studied industrial and furniture design in Genk, but an internship at Walter Van Beirendonck set the stage for his life in fashion. In 1995, he founded his own menswear label, specializing in razor-thin suiting. By the turn of the century, men around the world had tightened up their apparel. Two months before 9/11, Simons showed a controversial collection accessorized by face-coverings and lit flares. Four years later, he introduced sex appeal to minimalism as head of men’s and womenswear for Jil Sander. In 2012, Dior came calling; in response, he provided edgy takes on smoking suits and pastel couture as creative director. Simons shocked the industry by resigning in 2016, launching a collection under his own name that applied Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoerotic photography to streetwear, then joining Americana icon Calvin Klein as chief creative officer. His kitsch collaborations with Sterling Ruby and taxicab-yellow makeover of John Pawson’s minimalist temple of a Madison Avenue flagship attracted major attention, but after two years Simons moved on again.
In 2014, Simons initiated an ongoing collaboration with Kvadrat, utilizing the Danish master’s innovative textiles in a Calvin Klein collection. The apparel was such a success that the pair decided to bring the fabrics home, for a series of textile collections marrying Simon’s severe wit and Kvadrat’s peerless fabrications. Meanwhile, the catwalk came calling again: in April 2020, Simons joined Prada in the role of co-creative director.
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