Best of textile

Used as a vehicle of peace, as a medium for artists or as an experimentation device. Here the best stories on fabric.

More popular than ever, fabric can be declined in infinite ways, to the point it deserved a colorful exhibition at the Design museum Gent. Some see it as a useful source to create new recycled materials – like Max Lamb with Kvadrat’s fabric waste – others use the opposite process, like Tamara Orjola who takes pine needles waste. Some designers go way beyond, as in Living Color, a project where living organisms are used to dye textiles. You can still find artist fabrics, dedicated design schools, socially engaged pieces and craftsmanship of the highest quality.

– In Andrew Telling’s video, Max Lamb talks about his twelve benches for Kvadrat, made in Solid Textile Board: a building material made of textile waste.

– To celebrate the 10th year of the Textile course at the KASK academy, the Design museum in Ghent juxtaposes pieces from the students to the ones by design celebrities.

– Manuel Herz Architects designed a 150 sqm carpet that reflects on human rights representing four main humanitarian treaties, and invites people to sit on it and share ideas.

– Dyeing textiles with dancing bacteria is the latest biodesign project by Dutch designers Laura Luchtman and Ilfa Siebenhaar, leading to a more sustainable colouring.

– The “ancient future” of the Made in Italy reveals some Italian companies like Cangiari and Taroni, and how their entrepreneurship is linked to local territories full of memories and secrets.

– At age 83, Sheila Hicks presents a new site specific installation at the High Line in New York, with vibrant weavings of coloured fibers, between the 30th St. and 11th Av.

– Through the use of fabric, five designers and architects have been called by Colleoni Arte Gallery to reinterpret what Alessandro Mendini used to refer to as “loose projects”.

– On show at London Design Festival “Experimental Materials and Textiles” by the Studio of Textile Design explores the possibilities and boundaries of this material.

Artist carpets produced from 1985 to recent times will be on show at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, featuring pieces by Alan Belcher, Joseph Kosuth e Julião Sarmento.

– Tamara Orjola found a solution to the billions of pine tree needles that go wasted: she recycles them, creating resistant fibers for furniture and carpets.

Top: Laura Luchtman and Ilfa Siebenhaar, Living Colour, 2017

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