The pair's banter provided an insight into the creative process behind the furniture design, which Owens conceives and Lamy executes. Just don't call it a collaboration.
"He hates the word, he's so nervous about it," said Lamy, adding it was just a manner of speech.
Owens said it was hard to single out a particular creation. "I like it all, because when doing a book, I really enjoy the whole laying-out process and going through every little thing," he said. "I mean, out of all the stuff that we've done, that's an edit of all my favorite stuff, so I can't even pick my favorite."
The designer introduced his first furniture collection in Paris in 2007. The pieces — made of materials including marble, alabaster, bronze, leather, foam, rock crystal and concrete — were the subject of a recent show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or MOCA, in Los Angeles.
"This book is a love story to me, in a way, even if at one point I thought he's taking little bits of some interviews I gave to make me look a little more cuckoo than I am," Lamy said. "But it's fair, because I'm always the one with the big forklift, with the big eyes, finding stones on the side of the Earth and cutting them a certain way."
"And I'm at home taking a nap. And then she calls me and says, 'Hun, guess what I did today?'" Owens interjected. The designer has previously described the design process as a conversation between two opposite personality types — his "dictator" approach versus Lamy's "magical fairy witch" style.
"I am sure that somewhere I'm a dictator, too, when it comes to work," Lamy retorted. "I think I have the nose to find the right people to do things, but I'm more cutthroat if I find somebody better, let's say, until I get the thing, because I will just go to the next. It's like when you want to find a next lover. The other one cannot stay around, even if it was cool for the time."