The Knit of Kvadrat! The exhibition, part of 3 Days of Fashion, features 28 designers making a number of items upholstered in the textile collection of Kvadrat Febrik, from sofas and dining tables to giant squishy ball and whimsical flight suits.
Debuting in Copenhagen as both a physical and digital exhibit during 3 Days of Production, the Knit! The project aims to explore the ability of the knitted textiles in the Kvadrat Febrik collection.
Curators Anniina Koivu, Jeffrey Bernett, Johanna Agerman Ross, Njusja de Gier and Renee Merckx selected 28 designers to take part who have demonstrated “curiosity in experimenting with materials, form and colour”. This includes London-based designer Yinka Ilori, Dutch design firm Studio Truly Truly and Swedish design collective Malmö Upcycling Service.
The development of Ilori is a seating system called A Trifle of Colour which considers the chair as a “social instrument.” Made from multi-layered ply-board sheets that are individually upholstered in Sprinkles Textile by Kvadrat Febrik, the chair-bench hybrid features removable and adjustable backrests.
Other designers who opted for seating construction include Ana Kraš, who developed the Ofset Chair from six quadrilateral planes, and Ania Jaworska, who designed structured chairs with geometric cushions.
Some creatives, such as the Australian artist Adam Goodrum and the Visibility company based in New York, made circle seating schemes.
Although Goodrum’s interlocking sofas take hints from Victorian love seats, Visibility created a circle seating arrangement based on conventional Middle Eastern dining around a central table.
The textiles of the Kvadrat Febrik were used by numerous artists to create fashion garments. For example, Ayzit Bostan used the textile to make long dresses, cropped hoodies, kimono coats and layered skirts.
On the other hand, Copenhagen-based Marie Sloth Rousing developed imaginative garments that incorporate the characteristics of both a chair cover and a top, which can be worn by both objects and people.
The studio Items of Popular Interest, located in New York and Thessaloniki, designed a series of fabric-clad fluted columns that are constructed by circular industrial knitting machines.
Each pillar consists of stacked textile parts which begin to spin individually when approached by viewers at different velocities in separate directions.
Also designed as part of the exhibit was a giant, squishy ball by Swiss industrial designer Michel Charlot, as well as a Malmö Upcycling Service (MUS) room divider and a reclined seat by Studio Truly Truly which features a bulbous cushion backed by a transparent glass frame.
Other participating designers and studios include Studio Akane Moriyama, Bahraini Danish, Camille Blatrix, The Fabrick Lab, Faysal Tabarrah, Studio Fonta Fonta, Julie Richoz, Kumano, Lim + Lu, Studio Maria Blaisse, Studio Paperform, Raw Color and Shigeki Fujishiro Design.