3 Days of Design 2020 – Danish textile company Kvadrat presents Knit! A both physical and virtual exhibition featuring the work of 28 international designers which experimented with materials, form and colour, blurring the lines between industrial design and craft.
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“Kvadrat Febrik’s knitted textiles are three-dimensional constructions with form-shaping abilities that open up a world of material possibilities.” Explain at Kvadrat. The exhibition is curated by Anniina Koivu, Jeffrey Bernett, Johanna Agerman Ross, Njusja de Gier and Renee Merckx.
A Trifle of Colour by Yinka Ilori, United Kingdom
Yinka Ilori invites to look at the chair as a social tool and to examine the role it plays in shaping human interactions. London-based designer and artist created a chair-bench hybrid made with removable and adjustable backrests, inviting the sitter to decide the chair’s figuration and role for themselves. The installation itself is built from multiple layered sheets of ply-board, each of which is upholstered in a different textile and arranged in a cross formation.
Conversation Series by Adam Goodrum, Australia
Inspired by a set of Victorian love seats, Australian designer Adam Goodrum proposes a group of interlocked seats that allow for quiet discussion between sitters. Different shades of Kvadrat Febrik’s Gentle 2 run into one another, creating a richly hued skin that is further enlivened by the three-dimensionality and texture of the knit.
Coalesce by Studio Truly Truly, The Netherlands
A clear glass base supports an upholstered reclining bulbous seat by Studio Truly Truly. The designers were particularly interested in exploring the effects of physical pressure on knitted textiles and employed a special upholstery technique which leaves the textile slightly looser than usual, allowing it to stretch, expand and contract to the greatest possible degree.
Salamandre by Léa Baert, France
Léa Baert gas created a set of textile mountains that seem drawn from a fantastical landscape. Inspired by a playground in Le square de la Salamandre, a plaza close to Baert’s home in Paris, Salamandre’s mountains are designed as cut-out sections resembling a sliced geode, their hollow innards revealing the making process.
Duct-Taped Blankets by Studio Bertjan Pot, The Netherlands
Inspired by the taped seams found in sportswear, Rotterdam-based studio Bertjan Pot’s hemmed a series of Sprinkles blankets using coloured duct tape. Blurring industrial plastic tape with a soft knitted textile, Duct-Taped Blankets contrasts both the visual and tactile profiles of its two constituent materials.
Sundays by Paola Sakr, Lebanon
For Paola Sakr, the Lebanese food that she grew up eating represented a means of bringing people together. The Sundays tableware collection is made from moulds created by using Kvadrats collections which reveal a ghostly textured print and a supple shape. The knitted textiles are immortalised within the rigid form of the ceramic.
If I Had Wings by Zaven, Italy
A squirrel gliding from tree to tree, airplanes vaulting through the sky and an astronaut suspended against the vastness of space. Venice-based design practice Zaven created utopian flight suits capturing the allure of flight and gravitational dynamics. The collection takes advantage of the dynamic stretching properties offered by knitted textiles, as well as their versatility in easily adapting to different bodies and interactions.
InterPersona by Benja Harney, Australia
Surrealist eyes and lips adorn a tangled field of interlocking shapes in InterPersona, a playful landscape of abstracted characters designed by Sydney-based artist and paper engineer, Benja Harney. InterPersona comes to life in a vibrant field of forms that can be endlessly reconfigured.
Knit Together by Malmö Upcycling Service, Sweden
Malmö Upcycling Service (MUS), a design collective bringing forward a more sustainable approach to the sourcing of materials, presents a room divider made from thick ribbons and a solid sheet material made from compressing end-of-life textiles. The divider is exclusively made from second-choice textiles, densely compressed knitted fabrics.
Bumpy Basket by Shigeki Fujishiro, Japan
Shigeki Fujishiro created a series of containers constructed from textiles structured around a three-dimensional grid of ropes. The Bumpy Basket collection comes with an uneven, undulating design helping the user appreciate and understand the material qualities of knitted textiles.
Seat Prop by Ania Jaworska, United States
Ania Jaworska’s Seat Prop chairs collection comes with austere geometric cushions creating a complex relationship with a sitter’s body: while they appear highly structural and architectural, they are made from foam that easily compresses and warps to accommodate a body. The designs shift iridescently between purple and blue.
Wave Zero by Maria Blaisse and Bin Xu, The Netherlands
Amsterdam-based designer Maria Blaisse and interior architect Bin Xu created a flexible, lightweight birchwood form inspired by a drop of water which comes with removable mats, or slim seat cushions. The furniture aims to activate and relax the body. You can either cradle or stretch the body, depending on how the piece is positioned.
All photos by Luke Evans, unless indicated otherwise – courtesy of Kvadrat.