The Whitney as an Artful Accessory
Before it even opened, Renzo Piano’s new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art, a nine-story structure of asymmetrically stacked glass and steel became a hot spot for stylistas. So it’s not surprising that the structure has generated its own fashion statement. Italy’s Max Mara has collaborated with the architect’s studio, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, on the Whitney Bag.
It’s a geometric tote with ribbing that recalls the steel tie-beamed exterior of the building. All of its metal details, including its snap hook and its zipper, are based on structural metal components of the museum. And the icy, light blue-gray leather used for the limited-edition bag evokes the color of the building’s enameled-steel panels.