Martin Margiela, Guillaume Houzé & Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel
Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations
Walther König, 2021
DEAR FRIENDS OF 8 BOOKS A YEAR,
During the lockdown, we brought a new piece of art into our home: a white, plain wooden chair. However, one with wheels on its legs. Four large, poison-green wheels made from hard rubber, the kind where usually only hospital beds are mounted upon. The slender legs of the chair are actually much too narrow for the mounting of these oversized wheels, so artist Marina Faust constructed complex connections of steel plates, pins and screws to accommodate them. With this the chair – originally unmovable – is transformed into a mobile vehicle. Faust has produced many such "Traveling Chairs" since the 80s (it's worth googling them). What we particularly appreciate about ours is that it was made during the pandemic and its colors are reminiscent of a hospital. Despite this sad association, it became a rather rebellious icon for us: during times we hardly dared to go outside ourselves, this chair traveled the length of our long wall of books with its fast wheels. And thus showed us that journeys above all, take place in the mind. Since the 1990s, Marina Faust has also worked as photographer with the brilliant fashion designer Martin Margiela, who to this day manages to conceal his face from the public. In a spectacular cinematic documentary, he recently commented on two decades of his work for the first time himself (but even then only off-camera). I actually bought the physical DVD – because of the bonus material. It features films by Marina Faust. Let's keep traveling!
All my best,
Christian Kaspar Schwarm