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Brief Published: 7 May 2014

Re-vive by Rens x Desso Carpets

Rens x Desso

Known for its signature red colour application, Dutch duo Rens brings new life to unwanted materials in Re-vive, its latest collaboration with global carpet firm Desso.

Waste carpet pieces from old collections are submerged in red dye to create rugs with a linear gradient design. This over-dyeing technique varies the depth of colour for a layered effect – the original hue of the carpet further alters the final result. 

The project aims to call attention to waste materials while creating a new desirable product. This ethos, driven by the principles of recycle and reuse, fits in with Desso’s efforts to work within the boundaries of circular design. For more on this topic, see Closing the Loop: Future-Proofing Design

Re-vive was first shown at Milan Design Week 2014, where rugs were a prominent sector for creativity – see our Textiles, Table & Accessories report for more inspiration. For other inventive and process-driven colour application, see Colour Spectrum A/W 15-16 Creator. For further innovative approaches to recycled materials, see our A/W 15-16 Design Direction, Intervene