Barneys Unveils New Windows In Collaboration With Artist Margaret Lee

Barneys New York Windows
The gold kicks matched the sofa.
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Barneys New York is known for its statement-making windows, and the retailer delivered again with its new initiative in collaboration with Margaret Lee, a Manhattan artist.

Lee created six playful windows featuring diverse objects and environments for Barneys’ Madison Avenue and downtown flagship. They will be on display through June 26.

“A lot of my work, and therefore these windows, is about when the balance shifts, and no matter how hard you try to make things perfect, your humanness shines through,” Lee said. “You can’t fight your own peculiarities — like having a fridge stocked with only watermelons and a handbag or matching your couch to your gold Margiela sneakers.”

Barneys New York Dries Van Noten One of the downtown windows features a Dries Van Noten cape. Courtesy Image

Indeed, one of the standout windows is the “Living Room,” which features a gold prismatic upholstered couch with gold Maison Margiela kicks sitting on top of it. The backdrop is a room painted with a black gloss finish and surrounded by 8-foot vertical kino-flo light fixtures.

“Margaret is one of the most intelligent, insightful artists,” added Dennis Freedman. “She’s very interested in objects and environments and has explored those ideas through her installation work. Her own practice has many parallels to the world of luxury consumerism. I knew she had the right sensibility to collaborate on a project like this.”

The Maison Margiela bag in the window. The Maison Margiela bag in the window. Courtesy Image