Encircle and Interlace by Karin An Rijlaarsdam for Kvadrat
Encircle and Interlace explore the delicate irregularities of natural surfaces inspired by the crafts, traditions and landscapes of Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, where Karin An Rijlaarsdam resides. Aiming to create three-dimensional textiles, Karin An Rijlaarsdam's design process is informed and inspired by local textures and artisanship techniques – taking particular interest in how they spark social interactions and shape identity.
Encircle is a sculptural upholstery textile designed with a tactile, meticulous expression. Complex yet simple, Encircle unites a naturally irregular bouclé yarn and a plain-dyed background yarn. This construction plays with transparencies and gives the upholstery an intriguing look: intricate, non-uniform circles appear to pop out of its surface. Like leaves, each one has an individual form.
The result of extensive research into weaving techniques and meandering lines that never cross; Interlace is a light, transparent, soft curtain with a distinctive, organic expression. Interlace features gently undulating lines, reminiscent of handcrafted structures and braids, which flow down its surface. These lines come from a variation of densities in the weave positioning the curtain somewhere between a plain and patterned design.
The colour-scale for Encircle and Interlace references the vibrant nuances found in West Africa. It reflects a range of elements that shape life in Côte d’Ivoire, from flamboyant coloured textiles to luscious greenery and infinite waterscapes.