Colline 2 by Frans Dijkmeijer with Giulio Ridolfo
Colline 2 is a three-dimensional upholstery textile designed by master weaver Frans Dijkmeijer, which has an intricate structure that stands out as a relief on its surface. Simple yet complex in construction, it comes in an updated colour scale created by Giulio Ridolfo.
The construction of Colline 2 – named after the French word for hill – reflects Frans Dijkmeijer’s many years of experimentation with materials and weaving structures. Characterised by pronounced depth and volume, it features an organic pattern of precise squares that play across its surface. Colline 2 is primarily made of wool which is anchored onto an acrylic base. During the textile’s innovative manufacturing process, the wool rises where it is not attached, whereas the acrylic shrinks.
The new palette by Giulio Ridolfo complements the textile’s dynamic yet understated expression. ”Colline is a masterwork from Frans. I aimed to create a scale that ranges from clearto obscure (light to dark), and added natural, earthy blended tones to it. As the colours came out of the loom, I immediately felt comfortable and happy with them. Just like climbing a ‘colline’ on a spring day).” Giulio Ridolfo
The late Frans Dijkmeijer is recognised as one of Europe’s finest weavers. He perceived materials, colours and textures as an organic whole, creating woven textiles which, despite technical complexity, radiate a logical simplicity. Intriguingly, he brought a scientific approach to his work – his studio was something of a laboratory.
Italian ‘colour master’ Giulio Ridolfo works as a colour advisor to many of the world’s leading interior, clothing and footwear companies. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources such as photography, art, and fashion, Ridolfo gathers images colours, patterns and textures and then combines these different elements and expressions until he creates something new.