Calvin Klein dinner at the Commonwealth Institute
Calvin Klein’s pared-down, minimal style has always made the label a favourite with the design set. And never have the worlds of fashion and design mingled so exquisitely as at last night’s dinner in collaboration with Design Museum, London. The event - hosted by architect John Pawson, Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, and Calvin Klein Collection’s creative directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli - took place in the Design Museum’s future home, the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington.
Pawson, who has been commissioned to design the interior of the new museum, transformed the space, providing a preview of the future site. Guests enjoyed performances by violinist Charlie Siem and British band The New Look while Jamie xx of Mercury Prize-winning The xx DJ’d for an audience that spanned fashion, art, and design.
The dinner was a farewell of sorts to the iconic 1960s Commonwealth Institute, in its present form at least. Last night’s gala - following our own
Wallpaper*/ Æsir dinner dinner in June of this year - was the final event to take place at the Institute before Pawson transforms the cavernous interior into the new Design Museum, due to reopen in 2014 on grounds redeveloped by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Pawson’s design will, in effect, rescue the building from oblivion, not to mention triple the amount of exhibition space the museum currently enjoys in its Shad Thames location.
Guests discussed Pawson’s plans for the refurbishment - including a reconstructed mezzanine and open, light-filled central atrium - while viewing a display of rarely seen pieces from the Design Museum’s archives, selected by Costa and Zucchelli as inspirations for their runway collections.