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Milan 2012: ‘Hallingdal 65’ exhibition by Kvadrat (DK)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 09.05.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , , , , , ,

'The Hardwearing' by Henrik Tjærby, curated by Søren Rose; photo by Angela Moore

On the occasion of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the renowned, family-run textile brand Kvadrat has invited a number of internationally acclaimed designers who, under the guidance of seven curators, were commissioned to reinterpret one of Kvadrat’s most iconic upholstery fabrics, Hallingdal 65, in a modern concept. Among the 32 designers from across Europe, USA and Asia were some of today’s best and brightest talents in product and industrial design such as New Yorker Stephen Burks, Vienna-based Studio mischer’traxler or the Parisian designer Ionna Vautrin, to name just a few while Tord Boontje, Ilse Crawford, Søren Rose, Hans Maier-Aichen, Constance Rubini, Andre Fu and Jeffrey Bernett were appointed as curators. ‘Hallingdal 65’ exhibition was on view between 17 – 22 April on Milan’s Via Luca Beltrami and will now be presented during the ICFF fair in New York (18 – 22 May) in Jil Sander Showroom, 30 Howard Street.

'Hardie Stools' by Philippe Malouin, curated by Ilse Crawford; photo by Angela Moore

More about the exhibition:


‘Hallingdal 65, Kvadrat’s first textile, has become the archetype ofwoollen textiles. The durable upholstery fabric was originally designedin 1965 by Nanna Ditzel. Hallingdal 65 is made of wool and viscose,which are the perfect complement to each other: the wool providesexcellent durability and flexibility, whilst the viscose adds brillianceand depth to the colour. Both materials are dyed before they are spun,which highlights the rich texture of the fabric. The fabric comes in 58colourways and the versatile palette includes neutral and strong aswell as vibrant primary colours. To this day, it remains one of the bestselling textiles of the Kvadrat collection.’

'Cocco' by Katrin Sonnleitner, curated Hans Maier-Aichen; photo by Angela Moore

‘Over the years, the textile has been used in a wide variety of interiors including landmark architecture, private homes, hospitals, airports and trains.


The curators and designers selected to reinterpret the iconic textile include:


Tord Boontje – United Kingdom: Fredrikson Stallard, Simon Hasan, Glithero


Ilse Crawford – The Netherlands and Belgium: Philippe Malouin, delangeléon


Constance Rubini – Southern Europe: Pauline Deltour, Benjamin Graindorge, Constance Guisset, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, François Mangeol, Ionna Vautrin, Martín AzÚa Studio, Martí Guixé, Mermeladaestudio, Miguel Vieira Baptista


Søren Rose – Scandinavia: Henrik Tjærby, David Taylor, Sofie BrÜnner, Mads Hjort, Studio Greiling, Front


Andre Fu – Asia: smallprojects, Ministry of Design


Hans Maier-Aichen – Germany, Austria and Switzerland: mischer’traxler studio, Adrien Rovero, Katrin Sonnleitner, Bless


Jeffrey Bernett – USA: Jonah Takagi, Jonathan Olivares, Todd Bracher, Stephen Burks’

'Bum and Nanna' by Hjortefar, curated by Søren Rose; photo by Angela Moore

'Framed' by Studio mischer’traxler, curated by Hans Maier-Aichen; photo by Angela Moore

'Zoo' by Ionna Vautrin, curated by Constance Rubini; photo by Angela Moore

'Chaise Longue' by Smallprojects, curated by Andre Fu; photo by Angela Moore


'Play' by Stephen Burks, curated by Jeffrey Bernett; photo by Angela Moore

'Feux Continus' by Adrien Rovero, curated by Hans Maier-Aichen; photo by Angela Moore

'No35 Automatica Carcanapé' by Bless, curated by Hans Maier-Aichen; photo by Angela Moore

to the Kvadrat collections on Architonic


to the ‘Hallingdal 65’ website

For technical support contact Alfred Giolai Milan 2012: ‘Hallingdal 65’ exhibition by Kvadrat (DK)