The start of the year once again brings a series of international design events in the shape of Maison&Objet Paris, Domotex Hanover, Las Vegas Market and COVER Connect Las Vegas, where plenty of new designs were on show. Looking at new collections, here are five of our highlights for this February.
Louise Bourgeois’ new rug for BravinLee was selected from a suite of 24 watercolour and pencil drawings on embossed paper titled Ray of Hope (2006). Bourgeois made hundreds of red gouache drawings on the themes of nature, pregnancy and motherhood. Bourgeois commented: ’Red is an affirmation at any cost—regardless of the dangers in fighting—of contradiction, of aggression. It’s symbolic of the intensity of the emotions involved.’
Inspired by Art Deco patterns the new Napa collection by Samad—which showed at COVER Connect Las Vegas—takes a smart and elegant look at geometrics. Angwin is hand-knotted in New Zealand wool. The collection’s angular shapes, alluring textures and natural colour palette create light and airy compositions for contemporary interior spaces.
Tidal Silks is a collection of four luxurious rugs by Helen Amy Murray for The Rug Company. The designs, like this one titled Scales Pearl, take inspiration from geometry, pattern and repetition found in nature. The collection translates Helen Amy Murray’s hand-sculpted pieces of art into exquisite hand carved rugs.
Laure Kasiers’ latest project is the Waves series in which she combines her technical knowledge and artistic approach. The round Waves rugs play on contrasts and vibrations, sometimes with a concentric gradient. By using contrasting colours, the simple spiral structure reveals a graphic which evokes waves—ripples on the water or in sand. Made of spun wool, linen, cotton or lurex, each piece is unique thanks to the rolling of trimmings into a spiral and the infinite colour combinations.
During Domotex Hanover Lahore-based brand Khyber Weavers had a very successful show and looking at their rugs it is clear why. The new collection tapped into current trends in high texture, natural earthy tones and simple tribal patternation. Our favourites shown here blow-up African textile motifs and drew in a large audience.