The work of Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, the textile, product and concept design firm founded by Nienke Hoogvliet last year, focuses largely on products made of natural materials and with traditional production processes, inspired by in interest Delft-based Hoogvliet’s newest design, Sea Me, blends both. It’s a rug, made of yarn derived from sea algae fibers and hand-woven using an old fishing net—a creative commentary on the state of our oceans from plastic pollution. We talked to the up-and-coming young Dutch designer about her experiments with the unusual material and the resulting one-of-a-kind piece.
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Rugmaker Emma Gardner Design will be debuting three new designs, together dubbed Metamorphosis, at this year's ICFF. The result of two years of design and development, the new carpets take their inspiration from nature, Asian motifs and Modern art. Each piece also comes with a haiku, composed by Gardner herself, that offers further insight into their inspiration. We were intrigued by the designs and their literary bent, so we asked Emma to fill us in on some details.
What prompted the new collection?
It had been a year since my last collection—an understated one—and I wanted to create designs that were modern and full of bold, brilliant color. I can’t say that the designs were the result of a conscious undertaking; rather, they were a manifestation of the themes that were preoccupying me at that moment: natural elements and forms and a desire to play with their recognizability—or lack of it. As a result, I came up with three designs that are pretty abstract but rooted in nature. Nautilus is a highly stylized version of the beloved mollusk, Rainy Day was born from my own photo of a rainy day moment and Organica was inspired by some bougainvilleas that I had also captured in a photo.