A debut monograph on the highly sought-after French architecture duo renowned for a signature aesthetic infused with clean lines and raw minimalism. Founded by French architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty in 2000, Studio KO has quickly secured its status in the world of architectural design. A refreshing modernist aesthetic imbued with subtle references to history and culture defines their work. While Marty and Fournier are best known for their minimalist villas set in awe-inspiring landscapes, recent commissions also include restaurants, boutiques, and hotels across New York, Paris, and London.
The first monograph dedicated to Studio KO, this beautifully illustrated book spotlights a diverse array of their work, from private residences in breathtaking scenery, ranging from the Moroccan mountains to Provence and Brittany in France, to the highly anticipated Yves Saint Laurent Museum, due to open in Marrakech in 2017. Boasting never-before-seen architectural plans, personal photos, and sumptuous photographs of finished spaces, this book offers a fascinating look at the most in-demand architectural designers of today.
About the Author
Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty founded Studio KO in 2000 after graduating with architecture degrees from Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts. Tom Delavan is a specialist in decorative arts, an artistic director, and interior designer, and is the design editor at the New York Times’T Magazine. Pierre Bergé was a renowned French businessman and philanthropist who aided his companion, Yves Saint Laurent, in founding and developing his namesake haute couture house.
"The book, whose large-format photographs bear first-hand witness to the firm’s singular ability to create a modern style that feels both sumptuous and minimalist, launches October 11, just in advance of the museum's opening, later this month. A particularly special part of the book is its sweeping look into Studio KO’s residential oeuvre, a collection of materially sophisticated homes nestled into idyllic landscapes around the world." —Architectural Digest
"A feast for the eyes, this captivating volume is certainly a must-have for any design library, but will also be truly enjoyed by architects who genuinely value larger questions about living a meaningful life" —Identity
"One reason for Studio KO’s growing fame is their interiors, for everything from luxury apartments to hotels, such as André Balazs’s fantastically buzzy Chiltern Firehouse in London. The monograph, however, focuses on their first love, architecture, including their French and Moroccan villas and the Yves Saint Laurent museum. " —Departures