May 29, 2014

A New Beginning

Lidewij Edelkoort Trends Autumn/ Winter 15/16

From abstract, global influences to detailed information on fibers and colour tones: this is what a presentation by Lidewij Edelkoort is all about. This season she paints a positive picture. Embryonic is the title of her presentation, and this is about nurturing new ideas and initiatives, and allowing these to grow into new models for our industry.


The budding of new ideas can be seen in material development; there is much attention to detail. Technological developments make materials smart and responsive, while handmade and traditional techniques offer texture and tactility. Lots of attention to raw materials and yarns: effect yarns are expected to make a comeback. Cord, tube and wick yarn is used to knot and tie.


Craftscurator picked the handmade design highlights from the presentation;


  • nest-like structures, made of natural materials. Bamboo bench bij Ichiro.
  • cocoon shapes, and the use of fine, as well as raw, silk. Yarn object by artist Sheila Hicks.
  • woven products, using both synthetic and natural materials. Like the Pet Lamps made in Chile.
  • coarse fibers, rope like material. Handmade bush string is made in Australia by Koskela. Cross stitch on a pouf by Gan Rugs.
  • cork material, which is dense yet light weight. Apple by conscious brand Discipline.
  • braided texture, in dense materials. Wool rug by Gan Rugs. Carved marble braid by Budri.
  • tubular yarns and cords, knotted and tied into shape. Jersey tubes by Ku Me Ko, knotted rug Lucky in color Piggy by Danskina
  • cuddly shapes in fur fur and pastel colors. Sofa by the Campana brothers for Edra.
  • cushioned shapes, cloudy and soft. Sofa by Christiane Hogner.
  • oatmeal and latte, Lidewij’s reference to new color shades, that all seem to have been soaked in milk. Tweed, made on restored looms in the city centre by the London Cloth Company.
  • weight, heavy and raw materials. In this group, also weightless products that are blown up. Concrete bench by Remy Veenhuizen, carbon balloon chair by Marcel Wanders as seen in the february 2014 edition of Eigen Huis & Interieur

For Stylink, Craftscurator wrote an article on Embryonic by Lidewij Edelkoort in Dutch.

Blow up concrete bench
by Remy Veenhuizen
Braided wool
by Gan Rugs
Braided marble
by Budri
Knotted rug
by Danskina
Jersey tubes
by Ku Me Ko
Fun fur sofa in pink
by the Campana brothers for Edra
Tubes for the balloon chair
as seen in Eigen Huis & Interieur
Carbon balloon chair
by Marcel Wanders
Yarn artist
by Sheila Hicks
Cork apple
by Discipline
Coarse bush string
by Koskela
Coarse Cross Stitch
by Gan Rugs
Oatmeal Tweed
by London Cloth Company
Bamboo nest bench
by Ichiro
Bundle of woven lamps
by Pet Lamps
by Christiane Hogner