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Brief Published: 7 Sep 2020

Designers Experiment with Fabric in New Kvadrat Exhibition

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Kvadrat x Yinka Ilori

Renowned Danish fabric label Kvadrat is launching new exhibition Knit! as part of Copenhagen’s 3 Days of Design event. Knit! showcases the work of 28 international designers and inspires new and surprising ways of using the company’s knitted textiles.

In response to Kvadrat’s invitation to experiment with colour and form and illustrate the dynamic potential of its material, many designers played into the fabric’s soft properties with pieces that support the body in a relaxed position. Tokyo-based designer Wataru Kumano built a timber frame to hold a quilted seat that holds the body like a hammock, while Swiss designer Julie Richoz similarly used the fabric to create a soft, tent-like structure.

Designers ramped up the tactile quality of upholstery with exaggerated forms that communicate comfort. Rotterdam-based duo Studio Truly Truly produced an engorged pillow-shaped seat that appears to float on a clear glass base. Chicago-based designer Ania Jaworska likewise plays with contrast, pairing structural chairs with bulging sections of upholstery.

Interestingly, some designers veered away from expectation, and rendered the knit fabric in rigid and angular forms. New York City-based Ana Kraš created geometric chairs with seamlines and stitching concealed beneath a metal frame that runs along the chair edge for a sharp appearance. Meanwhile, Dutch designer Bertjan Pot used coloured duct tape that is melted to become one with the fabric to achieve a striking hem for his blankets.

In a period of social distancing, designers considered how furniture can act as a tool for togetherness. Australian designer Adam Goodrum developed rounded armchairs that interlock into an S-shaped sofa where people can be together, while sitting apart. And New York studio Visibility produced a circular seating structure that reimagines middle eastern dining tables. Meanwhile, London-based Yinka Ilori Studio’s conceptual chair has adjustable backrests to support four people seated in various directions.

For those unable to attend the physical event, Kvadrat has also launched a digital version, available here.

For more interesting applications of fabric in product, see Product Design Visual Round-Up: Soft Furnishings.

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Kvadrat x Wataru Kumano
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Kvadrat x Julie Richoz
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Kvadrat x Studio Truly Truly
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Kvadrat x Ania Jaworska
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Kvadrat x Ana Kraš
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Kvadrat x Bertjan Pot
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Kvadrat x Adam Goodrum
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Kvadrat x Visibility
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Kvadrat x Yinka Ilori
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