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London Design Festival 2016: Pilotis at Kvadrat

SEEN was stunned by Danish textile supplier Kvadrat’s showroom; a huge space on Shepherdess Walk. At the moment it houses ‘Pilotis’ a truly fascinating installation of curtains and textiles created in collaboration with Kvadrat. Designed by EDIDA award-winning duo Doshi Levien, this first collection explores light, shape and layers, drawing from the inspiration of different architectural textures, pointillism and tapestries by the renowned Le Corbusier.

SEEN was stunned by Danish textile supplier Kvadrat’s showroom; a huge space on Shepherdess Walk. At the moment it houses ‘Pilotis’ a truly fascinating installation of curtains and textiles created in collaboration with Kvadrat. Designed by EDIDA award-winning duo Doshi Levien, this first collection explores light, shape and layers, drawing from the inspiration of different architectural textures, pointillism and tapestries by the renowned Le Corbusier.

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The effect is very sculptural as the viewer moves around the installation, underlining Kvadrat’s position as the leading supplier of textiles to their architectural clients.

The collection consists of four new textiles: Rocket, Fiction, Utopia, and Lake. Rocket and Fiction are knitted curtains with a high-tech engineered look in soft colours. Rocket has a chainmail-like pattern of oval spaces, while Fiction is double-knitted, giving it a light front, and a dark backside. The jacquard and graphically patterned Utopia has an architectural feel, and the fine diagonal twill of Lake is slightly iridescent, coming into its own as it moves. All four textiles draw the viewer in.

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Doshi Levien also cites the ‘beton brut’ movement as inspiration, along with anthropomorphic pilotis, the juxtaposition of the two giving rise to the play of light and dark as the textiles move over or against each other.

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien bring very different disciplines to their collaboration. Nipa grew up in India, developing a keen eye for colour and textiles. She spoke passionately of the importance of play in her work and how she has learned to trust her feelings with regard to choices that she makes in design. Conversely, Jonathan’s background in Industrial Design means that he prefers to make; for example, creating concrete textures in tile form then working out a way of creating that effect within the textiles, either by tricking the eye or by weaving different structures into the fabric. The two approaches clearly complement each other, hybridising cultures, technology, industrial design and fine craftsmanship. The installation is open until 23rd September, and is a must-see for anyone interested in the interplay of architecture and textiles.

www.londondesignfestival.com

Kvadrat
10 Shepherdess Walk
London
N1 7LB

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