ISSUE #54 / Articles

Paper Thin #54

Wallpaper makes a comeback \\ Faire Le Mur is at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris until 12 June 2016.

Love it or hate it or indeed learn to love it again: wallpaper is showing its
face once more. There has actually been quite a long stretch since its former time of glory, so it seems only natural that wallpaper is now back in favour. Compliments of the current exhibition at the Decorative Arts museum in Paris, we are able to peruse and absorb the gamut of types that exist. What’s more, as these are presented in careful combination with historic samples through the ages, we also gain a much richer understanding of what this very particular accessory means to the décor of a room.

On the Tiles #54

Two ceramicists and their tales

Here we have two distinguished players in the world of tile production: Casalgrande Padana and Mutina. The former prides itself on having made history by building the future. It has been producing advanced ceramic materials for over 50 years, innovative and environmentally friendly solutions for floors capable of responding to any creative and technological requirement. The latter, alternatively, concentrates on a new way of looking at ceramics, seeing them not as tiles but as objects of interior design. Mutina adopts an artistic approach, uniting technology, craft, experimentation, and research to push the boundaries of the material.

War-torn Knots #54

This is what happens when you juxtapose modern tragedy with traditional crafts. Tred carefully.

War rugs are traditional Persian or Oriental rugs featuring images such as helicopters, tanks, guns, bombs, and weapons. They primarily come from Afghanistan and were first woven in about 1980. In the last decades of the 20th century, these strange images began showing up in traditional rugs woven by Afghanis. Instead of the usual patterns, knots outlined tanks, missiles, and fighter jets — iconography that had become a familiar sight in those war-torn areas. In the earliest of these rugs, chequer-patterned helicopters hover over images of animal-filled parks and palatial buildings, themes adapted from classic models. One could say that these depictions were in the style of Alighiero Boetti, a conceptual artist and the first to commission the topic of war maps on rugs, which took on a life of its own over the subsequent years. The rugs have since developed a cult niche.

Losing the Compass #54

Textiles and weaving, with a twist

Losing the Compass is a group exhibition curated by Scott Cameron Weaver and Mathieu Paris at White Cube Mason’s Yard, London. A selection of masterpieces focused on the rich symbolism of textiles and the political, social, and aesthetic significance of both art and craft. Textiles can be poetic as well as subversive. It is a […]


The wickedly poignant art of Jim Shaw

It took rather a long time, and perhaps it’s just as well, for the oeuvre of Jim Shaw to feature in a major New York survey. Complex and indelicate, the artist’s work has likely kept the museums at bay for fear of public rejection. Richly layered with the iconography of pop culture, the works are raw and telling. Rather like Shaw is holding the country’s beating heart in his hands. Akin to a deep intake of breath, this is a comprehensive overview of a cultural reality. It would be wise to absorb the potency of meaning it conveys.


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Hella Jongerius

At Berlin-based studio Jongeriuslab, material research largely determines the design direction of the work. Over the years, this has been characterised by a unique ability to join industry and craft, with a keen focus on colour and materials. In 2013, Hella Jongerius was appointed Danskina’s Design Director and since then has worked to breathe new […]




Duna, by Odosdesign for GAN, is a reversible rug woven using the kilim technique, inspired by the combination and superimposition of similar strands that intertwine like watercolour, mixing lines and producing a monochrome screen that simulates real volume. The blend of grey colour schemes, the layering of lines, and the detailed coral thread backstitching results […]


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Round aRound

Just launched by Artecnica (Los Angeles): the Round aRound collection, made in down town Los Angeles, with up-cycled leather straps form the Los Angeles fashion industry.

1.Passepartout in Coex_DKbyRubelli[2]


COEX, the patented fibre made in Italy, is 100% natural and totally fireproof. It won the title Best Innovation Home Textile Material at the ITMA Future Awards 2015 last November in Milan, and is the first fibre in the world to be completely fireproof, the result of years of study and research by two Italian […]