Kvadrat / Raf Simons Upholstery Collection 2020
Since 2014, the collaboration between Kvadrat and fashion designer Raf Simons has brought a fresh sensibility to textiles for the home.
Drawing on his innate sense of style as well as wide-ranging interests in modern art, design, music, graphics and architecture, Raf Simons has developed a distinctive vision for the interior. His bold and sure-handed explorations of colour, texture and pattern have extended across an expanding suite of textiles and accessories created with Kvadrat. Harmonious colour themes – be they bold, muted or neutral – have built up across the range as it has evolved. Textiles from across the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection can be used alongside one another to produce richly nuanced combinations within an interior scheme.
Distinctively textured designs include long fibred mohairs reminiscent of sheepskin, short pile velour, and soft irregular bouclés. Bright colours appear as highlights within flecked and thinly striped designs, as well as solid, single-colour textiles and in soft throws. Patterns range from bold stripes to subtle Pointillist-inspired dots. Cushions in a variety of sizes and textiles make it easy to achieve rich combinations of complementary and contrasting elements. Speaking of his collaboration with Kvadrat, Simons explains, “I was fascinated by how the colouration and weaving processes in fashion textiles don’t have the same limitations as those of furnishing textiles. Working with Kvadrat, we’ve been translating the subtle colouration and texture that you’d find perhaps in a tweed or bouclé into textiles suitable for use in furniture. Because of the dense weave that is needed for furniture, the colouration becomes even more interesting, with almost a painterly impact.”
ABOUT RAF SIMONS
Born in Belgium in 1968, Simons studied industrial design in Genk. Inspired by the work of designers such as Martin Margiela, he moved to Antwerp, where the head of the Fashion Department at the city’s Royal Academy encouraged him to start his own label without further study. Launched in 1995, Raf Simons menswear—informed both by classic tailoring and youth culture—had a huge impact on the style of the decade.
In 2005 Simons became artistic director of the Jil Sander label, which under his tenure became known for its vital, sophisticated modernism. In 2012 he was named creative director of Dior Women, a position that he held until late in 2015. During his time as Chief Creative Officer of American fashion label Calvin Klein from 2016 to 2018, he has been awarded Designer of the Year 2017 for both his Menswear and Womenswear collections and for his Womenswear collection in 2018. In April 2020, Raf Simons joined the Prada brand as Co-Creative Director, working in partnership with Miuccia Prada.
A passionate collector of contemporary art and modern design, Simons’ aesthetic is often informed by his admiration for art and he regularly engages in interdisciplinary collaborations.