Rick Lee and Colleen Quen
may well be San Francisco's modern-day Charles and Ray Eames. She designs wearable art and he does furniture and set design, but this married couple share an atelier, work together, and rate one another as key influences.
Last night they hosted Ouroboros
at their Heron Street studio, a Dwell
-sponsored installation that explored the connections between industrial design and modern fashion. Both the set pieces and the dresses were nature-inspired ("an abstract extension of the Five Elements motif," as Lee and Quen put it), highly techinical explorations of the concept of cycles.
While Colleen's models paraded ceremoniously around the room in her gorgeous, sculptural gowns, our camera had the AT readership in mind and focused mostly on Rick's new design experiments. There was a black and white wool/silk rug formed to resemble a sand dune, two storm-like laser-cut mobiles, 3-D laser-produced lamps shaped like glowing owls and laser-cut wooden tables, anthromorphosized dress racks and a striking alien pod-like candelabra, pictured above. Sadly it was our cell phone camera (the regular shutterbox's battery were frustratingly D.O.A.), but you can still get a sense of LeeQuen's striking visuals from a peek at the slideshow.