Initially slated to show at Salone during Milan Design Week earlier this year, the Knit! exhibition from Denmark-based textile company Kvadrat has taken the bumps and turns of 2020 in its stride. Launching online just last week with its own (very impressive!) interactive website, the exhibition is the fourth design project from the internationally renowned textile design company, and the first to celebrate its acquisition of contemporary textile innovators, Febrik.
Knit! sees 28 designers from around the world interpret the structural and decorative capabilities of Febrik’s knitted textiles. We’re not talking about regular yarn-bombing, we’re talking about some of the world’s top craftsman and industrial designers pushing woven materials to their functional limits. Two of these delegates are Australian makers: industrial designer Adam Goodrum (shortlisted in our Design Awards for the incredible furniture he created in partnership with Arthur Seigneur!) and Benja Harney of Paperform – a self-taught paper engineer.
‘Knitted textiles are still quite uncommon, or not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about interiors,’ says curator, Njusja de Gier, of the material-based brief. ‘But they provided the perfect canvas for our designers to push at the boundaries of what can be achieved within their respective disciplines.’
Adam Goodrum’s contribution is In Conversation – a bank of rotund armchair seating inspired by Victorian loveseats. The pieces are clad in a variety of knitted fabrics, coating the furniture frames in a kaleidoscopic skin. Benja’s is a more surrealist creation consisting of colourful upholstered sculptures decorated with eyes and lips, named InterPersona. Among the other pieces are Swiss designer Michel Charlot’s ‘Bola’ – an enormous sphere clad in stretched grey threads; and ‘Knit Together’ – a concertina-folded room divider made from compressed waste-fabric boards by Swedish sustainability outfit Malmö Upcycling Service. These works display extreme creativity and engineering finesse!
The complete curation has been installed at Kvadrat’s headquarters in Ebeltoft, Denmark, where a vast interactive exhibition has been captured for its online premiere. The exhibition is available for virtual exploration on its own website, where each designer leads a guided tour of their fully installed design. Watch the interview below with Benja Harney for a little taster!