BLOC Launch Party Roadshow
Kvadrat Maharam and New Zealand designer Simon James collaborate on latest furniture collection
Simon James infuses character into clean, uncomplicated forms. Having founded his eponymous brand in 2001, Simon’s appreciation of craftsmanship continues to deepen, as he explores material tactility in new and exciting ways. His design approach is largely intuitive, with people and their experiences of a space a central focus for him.
Simon designs original furniture for both residential and commercial spaces under the Simon James Design name and collaborates regularly with businesses and architects on custom work. He is Creative Director of export furniture brand Resident, which was co-founded with Scott Bridges. In both companies, Simon leads a team of designers and it is this collaborative spirit that drives his innovative, award-winning work.
Kvadrat Maharam has long collaborated with Simon James, with Simon stating that this relationship has continued to strengthen due to the research and development that goes into each and every Kvadrat Maharam collection. This trust has seen Simon James partner with Kvadrat Mahram continually in both the consumer and commercial market. He describes our colour palette to be one of vast diversity that manages to hit the mark every time.
View his latest modular office furniture collection featuring Kvadrat upholstery textiles in the slideshow above.
Product featured in order of appearance:
1. Simon James Navigate Highback with Leaner in Kvadrat Hallingdal 65 and Divina MD
2. Simon James Freestanding Phone Cabin in Kvadrat Nebula and Divina MD
3. Simon James Felix Lounge Chair in Kvadrat Galaxy and Divina MD
4. Simon James Felix Chair and Ascot Chair in Kvadrat Hallingdal 65 and Divina MD
David Caon selects Kvadrat Maharam for BLOC
BLOC by CAON is a forward-thinking new workplace furniture system designed by David Caon in partnership with Living Edge and Kvadrat Maharam. Developed through intense research, the contemporary and adaptable furniture solution caters for the diverse activities, needs and settings of modern work life.
Industrial designer David Caon founded Sydney-based CAON in 2009 and has since worked on projects ranging from architecture and interiors to tableware and furnishings for the workplace and home. Having designed aircraft cabin seating in collaboration with Qantas, Caon understands the need for furniture that can comfortably go the distance. BLOC is a sophisticated system of modular furniture that is designed to support productivity in the workplace and facilitate the movement towards deconstructed office environments.
The interchangeable modular components are designed for working, meeting and socialising and can be configured according to need and reconfigured according to whim. Conceived to serve workers in standing, seated or crouched positions, the system includes privacy pods and meetings pods, single and double workstations and breakout pods. Back and arm supports can double as solid work surfaces, and some arm units contain inner storage space for accessories and charging devices. Upholstered panels are also available for greater privacy and enhanced acoustics.
BLOC is composed of solid-foam modules upholstered in a selection of wool textiles by Kvadrat and Maharam that Caon researched and specified in close collaboration with Kvadrat Maharam Australia. The luxurious fabric was sepcified to mould to the curves of each element and naturally has high rub rates and durability to allow it to perform well under daily commercial use.
Twenty textile colour palettes ensure each piece is adaptable to the aesthetic and atmosphere of a multitude of workplaces, while subtle pattern and texture add a point of difference or focal point for each piece. The textile palettes are available at a variety of price points allowing BLOC to meet a range of budgets.
Australian customers will also appreciate that the product is manufactured in Australia, which translates to short lead times. Plus the simple-to-follow Kvadrat Maharam textile selections means all possible configurations look great and can be tailored to individual customers.
See the ful BLOC collection at Living Edge Showrooms nationally or visit the website here.
Adam Goodrum selects Kvadrat Maharam for AG X CULT Collection
Designed in response to the blurring lines between home and work, the AG x Cult 2016 Collection presents a democratic range of furniture and lighting that exudes an organic and relaxed warmth. Suitable for residential and commercial spaces, the collection includes new product families that are honest in practicality and rich in simplicity. Existing designs have also been reimagined, using new materials and finishes. Many of the new pieces showcase a technical and mechanical edge, a reflection of Cult’s investment in new tools and technologies that allow Adam Goodrum to flex his industrial design muscles and experiment with Aluminum – a versatile material with great modularity. From elegant lounge furniture to modular shelving with endless possibility, the 2016 collection is reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style.
In partnership with Kvadrat-Maharam, Cult together with Australian furniture designer Adam Goodrum present three curated fabric cards for the upholstery of the 2016 AG x Cult Collection. Featuring a selection of rich velvets, textured wool blends and painterly irregular weaves, the cards include fabrics suitable for a wide variety of commercial and residential interiors. The colour palette is both fresh and directional, yet reassuringly classic and rich. This partnership between Kvadrat-Maharam, Cult and Adam Goodrum celebrates a shared respect for humble craftsmanship, tailored detailing and honest high-quality materials.
A firm believer that every environment is defined by the objects within it, Goodrum challenges himself to design pieces that justify their existence through their stories, detailing and the personality they bring to a space. Likening the upholstery process to dressmaking, Goodrum sees great transformative power in ‘dressing the form’. He shares, “Good design is about a timeless approach to form and scale; creating objects that can continue to be reinterpreted in new environments for decades to come. Upholstery provides endless opportunities to invigorate objects – a new ‘skin’ gives each piece a unique character and I love seeing my designs upholstered in unexpected and inspired ways.”
Fat Tulip Sofa (2.5 Seater) in Kvadrat Vidar 2 (222)
Fat Tulip Armchair in Kvadrat Hero (311)
Danskina presents new rug designs to their collection
Landscape is inspired by artists’ attempts to render vistas of the natural world in paint. Designer Hella Jongerius has incorporated different yarns, pile heights and special edges in finer wool to give the feeling of ‘a paint brush on a canvas’. The rug combines organic expanses with patterned swaths in an abstract simulation of unfolding terrain.
The melange yarn used to create the rug is spun from natural linen and wool, tufted in deep pile by craftsmen in India. The depth allows the melange to float, accentuating its intriguing texture and supreme tactility.
Cocoon brings unexpected dimension to the classic woven rug. Designer Hella Jongerius sought to ‘create a layered and tactile woollen landscape with soft knots’, which are accentuated by a generous border.
Long, pure wool yarn has been spun from two colours in either statement contrast or calmer tone-on-tone combinations. It is then felted for a smooth and comfortable texture before being knotted into irregular clusters. The result is both dramatic and durable.
Cocoon is woven by artisans in India.
In the Cross collection, Hella Jongerius has reinterpreted the traditional tufted rug in a way that creates unique visual interaction between the rug and the floor underneath.
There are three designs in the collection: Cross Cut, Cross Border and Cross. In all three designs the tactile tufted surface is undercut by a strong silhouette that’s equal parts contemporary and comforting. Vivid viscose threads are spun with new wool, creating a melange effect.
The series begins with Cross Cut, a design in which the whole surface of the rug is formed as an open grid, the geometric lines merging into an organic pattern at one end. The result is a playful, highly tactile and welcoming statement rug that creates endless opportunities for interior design and innovative layering ideas.
The design of Cross Border features a more solid surface area, with the cutaway edges at two corners allowing the floor to be glimpsed underneath.
The simplicity of Cross has a slightly more traditional appeal, combining a graphic silhouette with a highly tactile construction. A cutaway effect of block fringes on the edging complete the rug.
As well as muted natural tones and greys, the Cross series colour palette includes bolder tones to bring extra warmth and drama to the designs. Hand-tufted by craftsmen in India using yarn spun from luxurious new wool and viscose, the Cross rugs’ specially developed anti-slip backing makes them suitable for a wide range of floors.
Doshi Levien unveil first curtain textile collection for Kvadrat
Doshi Levien have created a collection of four distinct curtain textiles for Kvadrat. Lake and Utopia are densely woven with a subtle, diagonal pattern while Rocket and Fiction are two knitted curtains with a playful, contemporary look.
Initially inspired from hard and textured architectural surfaces like concrete, glass and weathered metal, the studio continued their study by creating a series of new surface textures and cast them in plaster.
The play of light and shadow on the relief of their output resulted in the graphic pattern of Utopia, while the iridescent and luminous quality of brushed aluminium and glass is interpreted in the fine diagonal twill of Lake. Utopia features jacquard-woven diagonal lines in varying dimensions that are divided into larger squares. Creating a subtle contrast with the matte background, Lake’s twill pattern emerges as you get closer to the textile.
Both textiles are constructed with slightly shiny yarns in the warp and matte uni-coloured yarns in the weft. Lake and Utopia are also linked by their colour schemes. Their palettes comprise dusty natural tones, dark masculine hues as well as a few highlight nuances. Consequently, they complement each other well.
‘We researched Le Corbusier’s tapestries and paintings in the city of Chandigarh and were inspired by the brightly coloured buildings that faded in the sun over time, making the colours dusty’.
With their knitted construction and balanced colour scheme, Rocket and Fiction bring a novel approach to interior textiles. Made from Trevira CS, both textiles offer soft draping and functional qualities. Like all knitted fabrics, they are relatively crease-resistant. They also offer the ability to provide warmth in still air environments, while simultaneously enabling the movement of air.
Rocket is constructed with a warp knit. During this technique, the loops are interlocked vertically up the length of the fabric resulting in a firmer construction than conventionally knitted fabrics. Rocket has a strong futuristic expression and features a chainmail-like pattern of oval spaces.
‘The perforations of Rocket are inspired from high-tech fabrics used in sports and fashion with a science fiction feel of space age, lightness and speed’ explain the designers. Though the textile looks very light, it provides distinctive volume when draped. Rocket also contrasts well with solid textiles, especially Fiction, when used as a sheer.
Constructed using a double knit technique, Fiction has a light front and dark backside. To create the colourways, the knitted fabric is then piece-dyed. Thanks to the colours of the reverse shining through, Fiction offers a subtle three-dimensional melange effect and pronounced colour depth.
Intriguingly, despite its compact construction, Fiction becomes translucent depending on the light conditions. Consequently, its appearance may keep changing over the course of a day.
Available in a range of neutrals and sophisticated highlight hues, Rocket and Fiction have been designed for mixing and matching. Doshi Levien: ‘We wanted to create technical fabrics but with soft architectural colours. We imagine Rocket and Fiction to be used in layers with the colours of Fiction coming though the perforated knit of Rocket.’
Both curtains are well suited to private spaces and contract environments alike.
View the complete collection here: Doshi Levien for Kvadrat Curtain Collection 2016
Assembled Check by Paul Smith
Maharam introduces Assembled Check, designed by Paul Smith in collaboration with the Maharam Design Studio.
Since 2002, Paul Smith has worked with Maharam to transform traditional apparel references into new classics—or as Smith describes them, “classics with a twist”. In keeping with that approach, Assembled Check is based on a printed silk blouse from Smith’s SS15 Black Label women’s collection, which drew upon the sun-soaked shades and art-deco architecture of Miami. The concept emerged from one of Maharam’s two annual design meetings at Paul Smith’s London offices and developed over a transatlantic exchange of woven prototypes supported by close email contact.
While Houndstooth (2015) was also lifted directly from the runway, Assembled Check required a technical feat in order to successfully translate its complex and vibrant pattern into a jacquard-woven, upholstery textile. A layered patchwork of colorful horizontal and vertical bars made dimensional through highlight and shadow, Assembled Check is woven in Germany by the same resource that manufactures such intricate and highly specialized designs as Bavaria by Studio Job and the Maharam Design Studio’s Massive Paisley. In the end, Assembled Check surpasses its predecessors as the most densely woven textile the resource has ever produced, with over 350 picks per inch as five-to-six weft colors alternate throughout its 20.75" h x 28" w repeat. While fine cotton yarn offers a soft hand and subdued luster enhanced by a calendered finish, a tapestry construction of tight rib and twill weaves provides graphic precision and clear color.
Color 004 closely interprets the pastel shades of the original print: with seafoam, peach, lilac, and pale pink offset by chartreuse and true blue. The rest of the palette expands upon this template, finding balance in manifold warm and cool tones intermixing—with combinations like rust and slate, crimson and goldenrod, Kelly green and aqua, burnt sienna and cobalt— all driven by Paul Smith’s unique sense of color.
This is the eleventh woven textile, and the first check, that Paul Smith has created in collaboration with Maharam. A new interpretation of a classic plaid will follow in early 2017.
About Paul Smith
Paul Smith’s ability to combine a flair for eccentric detail with a dedication to the highest standards of craftsmanship has made him among the most successful fashion designers in British history. In business for over forty years, Smith continues to be an integral part of every aspect of the company as both chairman and designer, producing 14 collections sold in 66 countries worldwide. With an enthusiasm for wide-ranging cultural references and idiosyncratic combinations of pattern and color, applied with under- statement, Paul Smith expresses a truly contemporary aesthetic.
Maharam Serpentine Galleries Wallpaper collection
In June, Maharam and the Serpentine Galleries will introduce new wallpapers by Beatriz González, Alex Katz, Jean Nouvel, and Raqs Media Collective. Part of the Maharam Serpentine Galleries Wallpaper collection—an uneditioned series created by esteemed artists and architects under the curatorial direction of the Serpentine’s Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist—the four new designs follow upon the success of the inaugural offering by Ai Weiwei, John Baldessari, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Toyo Ito, SANAA, Rosemarie Trockel, and Lawrence Weiner that debuted during Milan Design Week and launched at Frieze New York 2015.
Reprising the concept of activating key public spaces throughout the fair, three of the Maharam Serpentine Galleries Wallpapers will be installed at Frieze New York: Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s Pavilion and Beatriz González’s Wiwa Stories will greet visitors at the north and south entrances respectively, while John Baldessari’s (Clock/Pizza - Turquoise) will bridge El Rey and Roberta’s, two centrally located cafés.
Frieze and Maharam’s close relationship has resulted in multiple collaborations in recent years, including a 180’-long installation of Shoes by Thomas Bayrle in the entrance corridor of Frieze London 2012 and the recreation of Al’s Grand Hotel, a 1971 project by Allen Ruppersberg, that saw a functioning hotel embedded within Frieze New York 2014. At last year’s New York edition, John Baldessari’s (Nose/Popcorn – Yellow/Green), SANAA’s Watercolor Flowers, Lawrence Weiner’s SAIL ON, and Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s Pavilion were situated at the north entrance, auditorium vestibule, Marlow & Sons café, and south VIP desk accordingly.
Like Maharam Digital Projects, the wallpapers reflect a range of subject matter and styles while utilizing advanced digital printing techniques for complex, high-resolution imagery in a full-color spectrum. Scale is the distinguishing feature: Maharam Serpentine Galleries Wallpapers reflect a traditional framework of modestly sized repeats and a conventional 27” width. Available by the roll at the Serpentine Galleries shop in London or by the linear yard through Maharam, the wallpapers are intended for both commercial and residential use. Durable and easy to maintain, the collection is printed with UV-resistant inks on a washable, latex-reinforced substrate.
The launch is well timed not only with Frieze, but also with an upcoming exhibition by Alex Katz to be held this summer at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Featuring recent works along with those from throughout his career, the exhibition opens June 2 and runs through September 11. It will be followed by a solo exhibition by Marc Camille Chaimowicz in the fall.
Kvadrat's latest artistic collaborations
Kvadrat's longstanding support of design initiatives on a local and global scale wregularly fosters talent from artists, designers and craftspeople.
Our latest collaborations and artistic projects include...
Cally Spooner at New Museum, New York
With a 21 metre long wall of pure white Soft Cells, Kvadrat proudly supported British installation artist Cally Spooner’s first solo museum presentation in the United States during April, May and June 2016.
The long glass wall that separates the Lobby Gallery from the New Museum Lobby is a central feature. Spooner amplified and exaggerated tactile and sensory contrasts in the space through the use of Soft Cells, daylight bulbs and background noise.
See a video captured of the installation here.
Goshka Macuga at Fondazione Prada, Milan
Polish artist Goshka Macuga realised the art piece Negotiation sites after Saburo Murakami in collaboration with Kvadrat as part of the exhibition To the Son of Man Who Ate The Scroll at the prestigous Fondazione Prada in Milan.
More than 300 sqm of Alfredo Häberli's Waterborn textile formed the dramatic backdrop for Macuga's work in one of the main halls.
The site was captured on film here.
Shilpa Gupta at Louisiana, Humlebæk
Kvadrat initially announced the commissioned work 1:989.9 by Indian artist, Shilpa Gupta, during la Biennale di Venezia 2015 and recently donated the piece to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Here it has been part of the exhibition Illumination this year.
The performance installation is an overwhelming scenario with 3.3 km of undyed textile upon which a person works with drawings directly on the material, metre by metre.
See more of the exhibition here.
Philippe Parreno at HangarBicocca, Milan
1200 meters of Kvadrat's Stoplight was used in the theatrical piece ‘Hypothesis’ by French artist Philippe Parreno in Milan this past winter.
The piece Another Day with Another Sun was produced by Philippe Parreno in collaboration with Kvadrat. The space was transformed into a choreography in which natural light, artificial light and film projections following each other to conclude the anthology selection of Philippe Parreno’s video and cinema works.
See the build up of the spectacular screens here
Florian Hecker at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
As one of four artists shortlisted for the 2015 edition of the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie, German artist Florian Hecker included 143 m² Soft Cells in his performance work Formulation, where he dramatized space with sound pieces.
For his presentation at Hamburger Bahnhof Florian Hecker wanted Soft Cells to play a key visual role. He chose Divina 3 in vibrant blue colour 756 and Ray 2 in colour 110.3
The acoustic effect of the panels is just as important to the work as it contributes to the play between the sound system and the sound absorbing and – directing walls.
The shortlisted artists were interviewed for TV here
Jesper Just at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Kvadrat supported the Danish installation artist Jesper Just with 230 meters of Zulu for his solo exhibition, Servitudes at Palais de Tokyo in September 2015. The textile was used as both screens and room dividing curtains throughout the exhibition.
In this piece Jesper Just touches on society’s obsession with youth and beauty. Combining videos, music and a spatial intervention, Just follows two characters: a young girl and a disabled child, played respectively by Dree Hemingway and Rylee Sweeney.
Follow Jesper Just to Times Square in New York here, where he talks about the piece
Forest Nap by Akira Minagawa
The Akira Minagawa collection for Kvadrat is characterised by refined patterns, detailed embroidery and sophisticated nuances. It brings together three upholstery textiles and a curtain.
As the collection reflects, Akira Minagawa often gets his inspiration by observing nature, life and society, and always starts his creative process by hand. He depicts scenes from nature through motifs that are reflected in textiles using a range of different techniques, such as embroidery, weaving and printing. In this embroidered and woven collection, every stitch of embroidery expresses the uniqueness of Minagawa’s pen strokes. This does more than just bring the visual storytelling of Akira Minagawa to life. Every textile in the collection offers a wealth of delicate details, elegant shapes and tactile surfaces.
In addition, all the designs in the collection reference a natural landscape and their motifs and colours subtly interact. Consequently, they complement each other well and provide a host of opportunities for mixing and matching.
While the designs in the collection are part of the same family, each is distinctively individual. Some are more graphic; others have a more organic expression. They also feature different techniques, which range from the simple to the complex.
All four designs are well-suited to contract environments and private spaces alike.
Woollen Forest Nap is a simple upholstery textile. Constructed with a plain weave, it can be described as the base textile in the Akira Minagawa collection.
Forest Nap comes in an array of colours. These range from understated natural hues to bolder notes like bright red. Forest Nap combines well with the patterned textiles in the collection, and is particularly suited to cover large surfaces.
See the full collection here
Wes by Tom Fereday for Zenith Interiors
The Wes lounge was named after its soft yet striking appearance, paying homage in name to film director Wes Anderson. The Wes range represents a design exploration into merging traditional upholstery techniques with minimal design.
Over a year in development the Wes range highlights the skill and craftsmanship of Australian made upholstery. Sculpted and manipulated by hand over a uniquely designed, timber frame, the Wes range conveys complex yet minimal forms with entirely seamless upholstery from every angle. Contrasting piping celebrate the soft form of the lounge with elegant and vibrant colours.
Honest design from the inside out, the Wes range is constructed entirely from Eco plywood and finished with solid Ash legs and Sunniva fabric from Kvadrat.
To see the full Sunniva Collection visit Kvadrat's website here.
Kvadrat Maharam Restaurant at DenFair
A first for both DenFair and the venue, The Kvadrat Maharam Restaurant was defined by layers of knotted textile screening made from Kvadrat Divina and framed with an entrance dressed in Maharam Layers Vineyard Large by Hella Jongerius. The installation was the result of a collaboration between Kvadrat Maharam and Melbourne artist Sarah Parkes of Small-Town and follows Kvadrat Maharam’s longstanding support of design initiatives on a local and global scale which regularly fosters talent from local designers and craftspeople.
Products used in this installation included
Kvadrat Divina 876, Divina MD 713, Divina MD 673, Divina MD 203, Divina 106, Divina MD 613
Maharam Layers Vineyard Large by Hella Jongerius
Kvadrat Maharam nominated to the identity Design Awards 2016
Maharam Stories was born in 2012 from the need to create a compelling, visual landing page for the newly redesigned maharam.com. Avoiding the typical promotional gambit, Maharam took this opportunity to develop a space for original editorial content that could entertain and inform both clients and non-clients alike.
After three years, Maharam has amassed nearly two-hundred Stories from a broad cross-section of cultural observers. This evolving roster includes Hans-Ulrich Obrist, John Maeda, Murray Moss, John Pawson, Alice Rawsthorn, Michael Rock, Stefan Sagmeister, among others. Content is wide ranging, reflecting both the curiosities of its contributors and the diversity and breadth of Maharam’s own activities.
“Of course one could say it’s merely a blog, but we seek to elevate Stories through the choice of those who participate, the freedom of expression we permit them to pursue, and the quality and thoughtfulness of imagery and production,” says Michael Maharam.
This freedom is evident in the range of topics from Felix Burrichter’s series of favorite floors to Alice Rawsthorn’s musings on a nineteenth-century Viennese chocolate shop designed by Josef Hoffmann to Travis Boyer’s observations of an online sweater dealer with a mohair fetish. The strong imagery and five-hundred word format lends itself to print, and a book was an obvious next step.
The publication also gave Maharam a chance to work with a longtime friend, Dutch book designer Irma Boom. Known for her inventive and irreverent object-like books, Boom constructed the physical Maharam Stories as a series of folded pages that conceal and reveal each text in a rigorous yet playful manner. Printed in Italy, the full-color images and cobalt blue type are positioned thoughtfully to elicit exploration and discovery.
Maharam Stories was be published by Skira Rizzoli on July 14, 2015. It is the fourth book Maharam has directed in recent years, after Reproducing Scholten & Baijings (Phaidon, 2015), Irving Harper Works In Paper (Skira Rizzoli, 2012), and Maharam Agenda (Lars Müller, 2011).
For more, visit the Maharam website.
Mansur Gavriel Spring/Summer 2016
For Spring / Summer 2016, Mansur Gavriel is broadening its material palette with several Maharam textiles designed by Alexander Girard.
Departing from classic leather, Mansur Gavriel’s decision to bring these textiles back into fashion again speaks to the enduring power of Alexander Girard’s vision. Designed over a sixteen-year period spanning the 1950s and 60s, Lanalux, Mikado and Toostripe now accentuate four bags set to debut on September 14th at the Swiss Institute in SoHo. The new styles – including a flat, moon and volume clutch as well as a circle bag – will adorn models dressed in one-off garments made from the same materials as part of the label’s first official New York Fashion Week presentation. This limited-edition capsule collection will be available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in February.
Maharam has re-editioned twenty Girard designs to date as part of its ongoing Textiles of the 20th Century™ series. Dedicated to faithfully reissuing the work of great multidisciplinary designers past, the series connects multiple design movements—from the Wiener Werkstätte to the Bauhaus to midcentury modernism and beyond—through the designs of Anni Albers, Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton, and Gio Ponti, among others.
Interestingly, Girard’s textiles are among the most challenging to reissue as his command of the medium favored complex constructions and techniques, an intensity and variety of color, and unusual yarns. To ensure an accurate re-edition, Maharam works closely with Girard Studio, which was founded by the Girard family to preserve and promote the archive and design legacy of Alexander Girard.
Lanalux (1970) uses a three-ply fine micron wool yarn to achieve a rich homespun texture, Mikado (1954) features a stylized floral motif set against a bold checkerboard background, and Toostripe (1965) emphasizes graphic chromatic vibration. Collectively, these three textiles represent the breadth and diversity of Girard’s oeuvre. A highly prolific designer who was unhampered by contemporary dictums of style and taste, Girard produced over 300 textiles during his twenty-one years as the founding design director of Herman Miller’s textile division. The resulting body of work is staggering not only in sheer volume and creativity, but due to its fundamental qualities of beauty and usefulness, remains relevant today.
Bright Grid, Bright Angle, and Bright Cube by Scholten & Baijings
Bright Grid, Bright Angle, and Bright Cube are second in a series of products designed by Scholten & Baijings in collaboration with Maharam. Drawing upon Scholten & Baijings’ distinct visual language, the three Bright textiles epitomize the designers’ keen sense of color and singular approach to refined geometric patterning.
As with Blocks and Grid (2014), the essence of the Bright grouping lies in the inherent possibilities for combination and variation. With a unified palette of five colors apiece, the three textiles are designed to be used in tandem and to form new geometric relationships when combined. The patterns progress from a basic grid to a more complex formation: Bright Grid offers rigorous simplicity, Bright Angle cascades in an endless rhythm of obliquely bisected rectangles, and Bright Cube achieves layered depth through optical perspective. Rendered in a fluorescent spectrum of specially dyed nylon yarns developed with the Maharam Design Studio’s oversight, the patterns effectively map the three-dimensional forms to which they’re applied. The subtle textural contrast of lustrous nylon yarns against a matte cotton ground further enhances the sharp geometry and clear color story.
Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings founded Scholten & Baijings, Studio for Design, in Amsterdam in 2000. They move fluidly between art and design, and artisanal and industrial processes, to create a visually arresting body of work. Among their many clients are 1616 / Arita Japan, BMW Group/MINI, Established & Sons, Thomas Eyck, HAY, IKEA, Georg Jensen, Karimoku New Standard, and Moooi. Both their commissioned and independent work is collected and exhibited worldwide. They were awarded the ELLE Decoration International Design Award (EDIDA) for Young Designer Talent in 2011 and have twice been nominated for the Wallpaper* Designer of the Year Award (2011/2015). The studio’s first monograph, Reproducing Scholten & Baijings, published by Phaidon in February 2015, was written by Louise Schouwenberg, designed by Joost Grootens, and directed by Maharam.
For more, visit the Maharam website.
Florian Hecker's Formulation
As one of four artists shortlisted for this year’s edition of the prestigious Prize of the Nationalgalerie, Florian Hecker has included Kvadrat Soft Cells in his work Formulation, where he dramatizes space with sound pieces.
Across the two exhibition halls housing Hecker’s installation, 143 m² Soft Cells panels cover the tall walls to create a textured, yet uniform surface. The acoustic effect of the panels is just as important to the work as it contributes to the play between the sound system and the sound-absorbing and – directing walls.
11 September 2015 – 17 January 2016
Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart Invalidenstraße 50 – 51
DE – 10557 Berlin
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday, 10.00 – 20.00
Saturday – Sunday, 11.00 – 18.00
For more, visit the Kvadrat website.
Umami, Umami 2 and Umami 3 designed by Louise Sigvardt
Umami is a durable upholstery fabric designed by Louise Sigvardt, which comes in three vibrant yet calm expressions.
Named after the fifth primary taste, all the versions of Umami are made from wool. Each is constructed with a different weaving method and, as result, has a distinctive surface structure.
Louise Sigvardt: ‘With Umami I wanted to create textiles, which reflect how we choose a piece of clothing. The colours are inspired by Scandinavian nature and the nuanced palettes of Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi.’
Thanks to its hardwearing material composition, Umami is well-suited to contract environments.
For more, visit the Kvadrat website.
HJ Bag by Hella Jongerius
The idea of dressing and the underlying layers that are accidentally or intentionally revealed provided the initial concept for the HJ bag by Hella Jongerius. From there, a continual process of revision and refinement unfolded from 2006 on, with occasional returns to the drawing board. Ultimately, the Dutch designer landed on a simple and functional unisex shoulder bag for daily use, without forsaking her signature craft-like details. In her words, “The shape of the bag is archetypical and pragmatic. Sturdy on the outside but with a hidden treasure inside, only visible for the user.”
The first bag by Hella Jongerius, the HJ joins designs by Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Klaartje Martens as the cornerstone of Maharam’s accessories collection. Developed in response to a brief that asked the designers to create bags that they would like to use, the collection is available through maharam.com and select retailers.
For more, visit the Maharam website.
To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll by Goshka Macuga
Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll by Goshka Macuga in Milan from 4 February to 19 June 2016 in the spaces of the Podium, the Cisterna and the Sud gallery. The project was conceived and designed by Goshka Macuga whose artistic practice is often referred to as taking on the roles of an artist, curator, collector, researcher and exhibition designer.
To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll, developed by the artist for Fondazione Prada’s spaces, brings together reflections on seminal issues such as time, beginnings and endings, collapse and renewal. Observing humanity’s concern with the conclusion of mankind, Macuga poses a fundamental question: how important is it to address the question of “the end” in the context of contemporary art practice?
Goshka Macuga’s new work, titled ‘Negotiation sites’ after Saburo Murakami, has been realised in collaboration with Kvadrat.
Largo Isarco 2
4 February 2016 to 19 June 2016
For more, visit the Kvadrat website.
Casita and Mi Casa by Cristian Zuzunaga
Mi Casa and Casita come in a range of natural colours which incorporate hints of bolder notes, gentle greens and intense blues. The palette for the curtains is inspired by the beauty of the Catalonian landscape.
As Mi Casa and Casita are made of flame retardant Trevira CS, they are well-suited to contract environments. They also work well with other textiles, in particular Casa and Castillo also designed by Cristian Zuzunaga.
The innovative work of Cristian Zuzunaga stands out for its use of colour, which is, in part, a reaction to the fact that many of us inhabit a world of black, white and grey. His designs explore colour as a means to ‘drive interaction between individuals and their surroundings, evoke emotions, and counterbalance negative ways of seeing and thinking’.
A firm believer in the power of collaboration, Christian Zuzunaga has worked with leading international brands including Danskina, Kvadrat, Faberge, Moroso and Ligne Roset. His work is regularly published and exhibited around the world.
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Danskina now available in Australia and New Zealand
The finest interior designs can now be shaped from the ground up, thanks to the world-renowned rugs of Danskina. These exclusive, handmade and made-to-order rugs bring the highest level of distinction to interior spaces and are now available in Australia and New Zealand
Founded in the Netherlands in 1973 by Piet and Ina Van Eiijken, Danskina soon gained a strong reputation among contemporary design-focused retailers, architects, and interior designers for its unique hand-detailing and premium-quality materials.
Danskina is now under the joint leadership of longtime partners Kvadrat and Maharam.
All Danskina rugs are produced by skilled makers in the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Nepal, New Zealand and India and are characterised by distinctive texture, innovative structure and a unique use of colour.
Outstanding design direction
When Kvadrat and Maharam took over joint leadership of Danskina their first step was to appoint a new design director and the Dutch design icon, Hella Jongerius, was a natural choice.
Hella Jongerius has been a leading figure in the product design world since her early work for Dutch design collective, Droog, and has been valued collaborator of Maharam’s since 2002. Hella Jongerius’ designs are created from her Berlin-based studio, Jongeriuslab, and her work is characterised by a keen focus on colour and materials innovation. In addition to her role as Design Director for Danskina, Hella Jongerius’ clients include Vitra, Artek and KLM and her designs appear in the permanent collection of renowned museums, such as the V&A in London.
Blending innovation with tradition
Hella Jongerius’ first pieces for Danskina include ‘Bold’, ‘Duotone’ and ‘Multitone’. All three designs are made from 100 percent pure wool by skilled weavers from India and New Zealand. Thick, warm and highly tactile, they each feature an appealing irregularity due to their beautiful handmade imperfections.
“For me, quality resides in best exploiting the tactile and visual qualities of materials and pushing the boundaries of technology,” she says. “It is found in unusual combinations, in the colours, structures, and surprising details, and it lies in the optimal use of ingenious high-tech and low-tech elements, and the use of tried-and-tested, traditional production techniques.”
Colour and form
Under Hella Jongerius’ direction, colour continues to play a key role in Danskina rugs. “Colour contributes to the feeling of comfort and atmosphere, and colour is also an important organisational principle,” she explains.
Every Danskina rug is based on a clear colour concept and the perception of colour is created in different ways “We will add colour effects during the dyeing and spinning process in an uncontrolled manner or we will use ingenious and controlled dyeing methods to create colour placement during the production process,” says Hella Jongerius.
Danskina rugs bring a whole new design language to commercial and residential spaces. They represent a timeless celebration of handcrafted beauty and will leave a beautiful, long-lasting mark on the Australian design world.
Danskina is available in Australia exclusively through Kvadrat Maharam and Hub Furniture and in New Zealand through Kvadrat Maharam and Simon James Design.
Kvadrat at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016
From poetic Japanese woods to Scandinavian fjords and suspended architectural structures, Kvadrat aimed to intrigue and captivate during Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016.
The Cut by Neri&Hu
Kvadrat commissioned the Chinese design duo Neri&Hu to capture the Kvadrat spirit in an out of the ordinary stand design. Defying rational thinking, Neri&Hu sought to create an emotionally charged space that would affect visitors on a subtle and intuitive level. Floating over head as an abstracted volume, the space was intentionally primitive and suppressed, in order to celebrate the exceptional colours and textures that define Kvadrat.
Forest Comes Home. by Akira Minagawa
To celebrate his new textile collection, Japanese designer Akira Minagawa created the delicate, dreamy installation Forest Comes Home which was exhibited in the Kvadrat showroom at Corso Monforte 15.
Mode by Maharam
In an effort to provide design excellence at all price points, Maharam introduces Mode: a high-performance, vibrantly colored textile offering the look and feel of wool.
Heavier-denier yarns create a substantial hopsack weave in lush two-tone colorations. A cross-dye method renders two variously luminous and contrasting colors with both heathered and solid effects. Combining principles of utility and luxury in a versatile, modern surface, Mode merits its expansive palette of forty-three colorways. The Maharam Design Studio focused on a spectrum of lighter tints and deep brights that are both useful and fashion-forward.
Although Mode offers a comfortable, wool-like texture, it’s constructed to provide stretch and ease of application. Exceeding 100,000 double rubs, Mode is suitable for upholstery as well as systems and upholstered-wall applications.
In keeping with Maharam’s commitment to continually reduce the environmental impact of its products, Mode is constructed of 80% post-consumer recycled polyester: fibers manufactured from waste that’s been used by the consumer, disposed of, and diverted from landfills. Mode is additionally Greenguard and Greenguard Gold Certified.
See the full Mode collection here
Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe
Herman Miller and Maharam are proud to be global sponsors of the first major retrospective on Alexander Girard. Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe that opened at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany in March 2016.
Trained as an architect, but proficient in nearly all design disciplines, Alexander Girard was introduced to Herman Miller through Charles Eames and George Nelson. Believing that “fabrics are a building material,” “as much a part of a room as are the conventional materials of brick, glass, wood, and plaster,” Girard envisioned Herman Miller’s textile program—which he was the founding director of from 1952 until 1973—as a flexible toolkit offering endless variation. Unhampered by contemporary dictums of style and taste, he designed over 300 textiles from his outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The resulting body of work is staggering in its sheer volume and creativity, and thanks to fundamental qualities of beauty and usefulness, remains surprisingly relevant today.
Maharam is a longstanding supporter of Girard’s legacy, having reissued twenty of his designs and counting as part of its Textiles of the 20th Century™ collection. Dedicated to faithfully reissuing the textiles of great multidisciplinary designers past, this ongoing series includes the work of Anni Albers, Charles and Ray Eames, Josef Hoffman, George Nelson, Verner Panton, and Gio Ponti, among others.
Alexander Girard (1907–1993) had a profound impact on 20th century visual culture. In addition to his prolific output at Herman Miller, Girard is noted for his all-encompassing designs of restaurants La Fonda del Sol (1960) and L’Etoile (1966); the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1957); and Braniff Airlines (1965). An avid collector of folk art, Girard donated over 100,000 pieces to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, where he designed the permanent exhibition, Multiple Visions: A Common Bond.
Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe will explore his oeuvre through never-before-shown textiles, furnishings, models, small objects, interiors, personal documents, and drawings, while highlighting his inspirations and influences. At the Vitra Design Museum from March 12 through January 29, 2017 before traveling to the United States, the exhibition is designed by the London studio, Raw Edges, and is accompanied by a 500-plus-page catalogue.
indoor/ outdoor textiles
The most recent indoor/ outdoor textiles developed by the Maharam Design Studio, Cursive and Brim, offer crisp, graphic designs at a bold scale.
Cursive arose from an interest in adding a large-scale organic pattern to Maharam’s offering of indoor/outdoor wovens. With its continuous loops of parallel lines and tonal coloration, Cursive achieves a balance between fluidity and complexity. An allover design, the entwining pattern allows the eye to travel seamlessly across the textile.
Brim, on the other hand, is characterized by its clean, architectural attributes. An unusual application of color introduces rhythm and movement to vertical columns of evenly stacked bars in a palette of earthy neutrals with a variety of soft brights.
As performance-based products, Cursive and Brim are woven of solution-dyed fibers, offering a high degree of color- and lightfastness and ease of cleanability. Additionally, in keeping with Maharam’s commitment to reduced environmental impact, both textiles are Greenguard and Greenguard Gold Certified.
Didier selects Kvadrat Maharam for First Bite
Leading Australian design and manufacturing brand Didier has selected the Kvadrat Maharam range for their latest collection, First BIte.
The First Bite collection is inspired by the dreams of beautiful food, colour bursts and fine dessert extravagance and includes furniture, rugs and lighting products that have been carefully considered, designed and engineered over the past 2 years.
For each piece sold from the First Bite collection $10 will be donated to Second Bite an organisation endeavouring to provide all Australians access to fresh, healthy food.
The First Bite collection is upholstered in the following Kvadrat Maharam products
Steelcut 2, 820
Steelcut 2, 255
Steelcut 2, 110
Divina 3, 636
Divina 3, 966