Textiles: Kvadrat: Raf Simons Collection
Danish textile company Kvadrat has introduced a collection of upholstery, cushions, and throws in collaboration with Raf Simons, creative director at Christian Dior. Belgian-born Simons trained in industrial design and worked as a furniture designer before transitioning to the world of fashion. In designing the collection with Kvadrat, he was inspired by the work of midcentury modern furniture designers, including Jean Royère, Pierre Jeanneret, Finn Juhl, and Hans Wegner.
Unlike the typical flat woven techniques used for upholstery, the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection features 11 textile designs that have sculptural, tactile qualities. They incorporate unique color combinations, and are made from luxurious materials such as ethically sourced Cape Mohair, cashmere, merino wool, and baby alpaca wool. The patterns include Argo, a woven mohair with a deep pile reminiscent of sheepskin; Pilot (top) and Sonar 1 and 2 (below), which reinterpret classic boucle and tweed; and Balder, Haakon, Harald, Sunniva, and Vidar—light velours based on the work of the late Swedish textile designer Fanny Aronsen.
The Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection is reminiscent of Simon’s work in fashion. Just as the body gives shape to clothing, designers will draw inspiration from the textiles: “We are making fabrics that are like a blank canvas for designers,” Simons says. “They are waiting for input from the furniture designers—we don’t control the design they will use the textiles for, so we try to leave it very open.”
In addition, the collection’s cushions (above) are available in three different sizes that are suitable for use on seating, beds, and even on the floor, and throws (below) come in three color options.