'Losanges' by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Nanimarquina
At this year’s Maison&Objet from 21 – 25 January the Spanish carpet manufacturer Nanimarquina will present the new design by the Paris based designer brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Based on the traditional kilim-technique, carried through by the craftsmen of Northern Pakistan, they created this vivid, geometrical, rhombus shaped pattern. Completely manufactured by hand – even the Afghan wool is spun by hand – each lozenge is slightly different and each rug, a unique piece.
These patchwork carpets by the Belgian manufacturer Limited Edition are composed of recovered remnants of traditional, antique Turkish rugs that are treated, dyed and woven together – a beautiful example of smart and stylish re-use.
The Japan and Canada based architectural practice UUfie, founded by Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit Chan, realised this beautiful and highly flexible interior design of an apartment for a young family. The spacial concept is characterised by light and translucent curtains suspended on two curved steel railings of 13m and 4.5m in lengt.
Cristian Zuzunaga's new urban-landscape-inspired collection for Danish design-textile brand Kvadrat, shown at their London showroom during the 2010 London Design Festival
In the (unfortunate) hierarchy of design disciplines – just ask any architect and they’ll confirm this – textile design has traditionally occupied a less-than-superior position. Spanish-born Londoner Cristian Zuzunaga has been troubling the creative order of things recently, however, with his conceptually and technically innovative work for such leading textile manfuacturers as Kvadrat and Nanimarquina. The interesting thing, though, is that he’s not a textile designer, at least in terms of training. Architonic met up with Zuzunaga at the Design Post in Cologne during this year’s Orgatec fair to pick at some threads. (more…)
With our video team we visited the German textile company Nya Nordiska at Design Post during this year’s Orgatec. Remo Röntgen was so kind to tell us more about the family-run business and showed us some of the sophisticated Nya Nordiska creations. Enjoy!
'Miss Maple' by Elias Strozyk, photo by Sebastian Neeb
Based on the priciple of her lovely ‘Wooden Textiles’ the German designer Elisa Strozyk recently created this delicate and sculptural pendant light. The flexible wooden surface consists of fragmented veneer which is attached to a textile base. The translucent gaps create a beautiful topography of warm light.
Made from one endlessly long plastic string: 'Endless' by Dirk van der Kooij
The Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij recently presented his new chair ‘Endless’. Considering the high investments for complicated moulds that one usually has to make for automated processes the Eindhoven graduate developed a system which enables serial, automated production independent from the object’s design: He taught a robot his new craft, drawing furniture out of one endlessly long plastic string.
The New York based textile manufacturer Maharam is a fourth generation family-run business which produces high-quality fabrics for wall coverings, windows and upholstery. The collection includes beautiful graphical designs, such as those of the American artist Sarah Morris and playful and vivid prints by Paul Smith.