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Textiles for Chocoholics

Edible Surfaces is a collaborative project by London based textile studio Pinaki Studios and Amsterdam’s premium chocolate retailer Chocolátl. The collaboration draws inspiration from the processes of chocolate artisans and textile manipulations such as pleating, creasing and embossing. Arantza Vilas, founder of Pinaki Studios, met Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande, the partnership behind Chocolatl, and the trio discovered a mutual passion for design, craft, food, materials and chocolate. Vilas explains: “The starting points used for the project were textile experiments on pleated silk crepe dyed with natural rust. The aesthetics of these fabrics were already suggestive of chocolate: they had the grainy qualities that some chocolates have. The result of this investigation is a collection of chocolate and fabric pieces that inform each other, that display similar aesthetic qualities but very different properties.”  LU

Tubular Pleat, chocolate left, textile right

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Diamond pleat in chocolate

Cube pleat, chocolate and textile

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