making the virtual material.
Zuzunaga is collaborating with UK carpet manufacturers Brintons, creating luxury carpets at the forefront of new wool technology. These new designs are available for purchase – for the first time.
The designs, named Deep Grid and Harlequin, are inspired by designer Cristian Zuzunaga’s visit to the Brintons archive. Searching the archive of a company with as much history as Brintons – whose first mill opened in 1783 – threw up plenty of astonishing discoveries.
The grid patterns, luminous colours and squared minutiae of the patterns that make up 17th and 18th century fabrics has been translated into an astonishing pixellated vision for home carpets. You can by them directly from the Brintons website.
This is the second collaboration between Zuzunaga and Brintons after March 2013′s WOOL HOUSE event, where we made the 100-foot Infinity Runner, displayed in the West Wing of central London’s beautiful Somerset House.
The expression ‘Squaring the circle’ means to do something that is seemingly impossible, like mass-producing unique objects. Our cushion collection, made in collaboration with Kvadrat, has a repeat pattern that is ±5m. The way we cut the fabric and randomly stitch both cushion faces allows us to confidently say that each cushion is unique.
A bitmap is a way of storing a digital image by compressing its elements. The prints in the Bitmap collection derive from this process of compression. The name is also a play on words: if one were to zoom out hundreds of times, one would find a photograph of an urban landscape. Bitmap thus acts not only as a map of a digital image, but a map of a real, physical place
Integrate: Time and Space is a collection inspired by the transformative power of alchemy. Its design process traces the move from analogue to digital and back again. Each blanket, plaid and cushion is handwoven on wooden looms at Teixidors, near Barcelona.