Fabric-clad fluted columns and rainbow coloured love-seats are among the eye-catching projects on virtual display for Knit!, the design project that’s commissioned by Kvadrat bi-annually.
For this year’s show, the influential Dutch textile brand asked 28 emerging designers from around the world to create furniture and objects using fabrics by Febrik, a pioneering Dutch brand that was recently acquired by Kvadrat.
The products were due to be shown at Salone del Mobile this April but when that was cancelled, they went on display during Copenhagen’s 3 days of Design this autumn and can now be seen as a digital, interactive exhibition from the company’s Ebeltoft headquarters.
‘We didn’t want to ask the usual names’
In choosing designers to take part, Kvadrat went for those with a more craft-orientated aesthetic. ‘We didn’t want to ask the usual names,’ said Njusja de Gier, Kvadrat’s senior vice president of marketing. ‘We looked for creatives working outside of furniture design, such as fashion and ceramics, with more of a craft-orientated and experimental approach and, of course, a good sense of colour.’
These include London’s It designer, Yinka Ilori, who created a ‘Trifle of Colour’, a chair-bench hybrid made with removable and adjustable backrests, and which invites the sitter to decide the chair’s configuration and role for themselves.
Similarly, Australian designer Adam Goodrum created ‘Conversation Series’, a sofa inspired by Victorian love-seats and which allows for quiet discussion between sitters.
Paola Sakr drew upon her Lebanese upbringing to create ‘Sundays’, a selection of tableware items, which are made of clay but which were fired in textile moulds. Objects of Common Interest, a studio, that works between Greece and New York, created ‘Doric Columns, Kinetic Object’, a pair of fabric-clad fluted columns that draw visual cues from industrial circular knitting machines. While initially static, the columns come to life when approached: spinning independently at varying speeds and in different directions.