July 21, 2007

Data-layered seating textile

Maharam approached Hella Jongerius in 2001 with an open objective – to create a single textile which would permit a suite of chairs around a table to be cousins – each unique but all related. Jongerius’ design vocabulary, playing on the concept of random order, personalization of industrial processes, and manipulation of traditional manufacturing methods and materials lent itself ideally to this concept.

Using archetypal motifs drawn from the archives of a Swiss textile mill, Repeat is comprised of a series of patterns of singular theme seamlessly flowing into one another over a course of several yards; Repeat classic is a ribbon of traditional Jacquard patterns, while Repeat Dot unfurls into a modernist sequence of varied circular forms. In Repeat Classic Print and Repeat Dot Print, Jongerius embellishes further, celebrating the industrial vocabulary of the weaving process through a layer of technical nomenclature in white lacquer overprint.

Through the unexpected use of pattern and exaggerated scale, Repeat creates random order as fabric meets furniture with a predictable yet uncertain result.

Contact: Maharam, New York, New York, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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