Now, more than a decade after the architect has more than proven himself, nearly 70 of those projects—including quirkier commissions, like air fresheners in the shape of the New Museum whose scents range from "laundromat" to "street meat"—have been cataloged in Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large: RDC/AAL, a monograph out this month by Rizzoli also showcases de Cárdenas's other talent: bold, imaginative, and indulgently luxurious interiors, which often take inspiration from drag and the '80s and '90s.
From a chandelier-adorned living space inspired by Tony Scott's 1983 erotic horror film starring David Bowie, The Hunger, to a fuzzy shearling armchair set up in front of the Empire State Building, step inside some of his boldest interiors, here.
The Greenwich Village residence's living room, featuring Isabelle Cornaro’s “Jardin avec fontaine II” (2012) on the wall, surrounded by an Ettore Sottsass lamp and an RDC/AAL-designed sofa, along with a standing sconce by Jean Royère on the right, looks into an eat-in kitchen with a trio of chandeliers by Bethan Laura Wood.
The main living room of a Greenwich Village residence with a Jerusalem stone fireplace, surrounded in brass, below Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity-Nets [Psst]” (2011), a pair of Gino Sarfatti sconces, and a ceiling painted with a tonal malachite pattern.
The double-height entry hall of a Craftsman-style house in Chelsea, London with a vintage Pierre Cardin table, Jules Leleu chairs, Hudson Furniture light fixture, stained oak paneling, Jim Lambie’s “Metal Box (Forever And Ever)” (2010, over the fireplace), and Anselm Reyle’s “Eternity” (2011, on the right).
Step Inside the Boldest, Luxest Interiors Imagined by Rafael de CárdenasLong before Raf Simons, there was another design legend named Raf at Calvin Klein: Rafael de Cárdenas, who designed the house's menswear in the '90s.