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Brief Published: 17 Jun 2020

Handcrafted Gestures Inform Rug Series

Patcha, part of Gesture from CC-Tapis

As outlined in Creativity in Quarantine, analogue crafts are increasing in significance and popularity, as a means of narration and creative expression. A new project from Italian rug brand CC-Tapis centres around simple artistic gestures and mark-making, demonstrating how such movements made with hands and tools can direct commercial design outcomes.

Five designers have contributed to the Gesture collection of rugs, each taking a different approach to the concept of ‘gesture’.

Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola explores the spontaneity of mixed-media collage. Her Patcha rugs, made from Himalayan wool and recycled silk, are graphic compositions of colour and texture, and resemble overlapped and patchworked material fragments. 

Stroke by Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis is an ode to mundane daily gestures – where “a smear of soap across a windowpane can be seen with the same wonder as paint splashed across canvas”. Reminiscent of brush strokes, each rug features a tonal colour gradient with varying pile height to emphasise depth and irregularity.

Japanese designer Yuri Himuro explores the creative potential found in the act of cutting. Based on her signature project Snip Snap – where the top layer of double cloth woven jacquards are snipped to reveal a pattern underneath – her Cultivate series can be personalised by consumers. Floating yarn can be cut and trimmed to reveal a colourful bottom layer.

And rounding up the collective, London-based designer Philippe Malouin’s Lines explores the line quality of wax crayon sketches; while Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer’s Mindscape series considers spatial and architectural gestures, creating patterns through complex mirroring and repetition.  

As noted in our Look Ahead 2020, we expect to see more product imbued with interesting visual narratives, aimed at consumers who are becoming increasingly conscious of handcraft and expressive art. See Rhythmic Mark-Making in our S/S 21 Colour & Materials direction Cadence for more inspiration.

Patricia Urquiola, process
Yuri Himuro, process
Sabine Marcelis, process
Patricia Urquiola, Patcha
Yuri Himuro, Cultivate
Sabine Marcelis, Stroke