House of Finn Juhl, 'Watercolour'
Showroom at 3 Days of Design
In collaboration with the Danish weaver, Kjellerup Væveri (Kjellerup Weavers), House of Finn Juhl has created a collection of textiles, comprised of 32 colours in wool and cotton. The collection takes its point of departure in the original watercolours by Finn Juhl and is designed by textile designer Lykke Bloch Kjær. The textiles are woven at Kjellerup Væveri in Denmark and will be unveiled at the House of Finn Juhl showroom during 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen from September 16th-18th.
It has been a longstanding wish at House of Finn Juhl, to develop a collection of textiles for upholstery where quality, craftsmanship and design are adapted to Finn Juhl's organic expression and colourful history. House of Finn Juhl presented the idea to the distinguished and traditional weavers Kjellerup Væveri and this became the first step towards a design collaboration.
Lykke Bloch Kjær, who holds a degree in textile design and teaches at The Royal Academy of Architecture, Design and Preservation, has been leading the effort of bringing the collection to life through dialogue with the founders of House of Finn Juhl, Hans Henrik Sørensen and Ivan Hansen.
The Light, the Heavy, the Colourful and the Delicate
Throughout his career Finn Juhl would study and follow the processes very carefully, whenever his designs were upholstered in colourful textiles. By doing so he ensured that the final product corresponded with the watercolours which he had his trusted employee, Marianne Riis Carstensen, carefully colour. It has been vital to House of Finn Juhl, that the collection is based on the original watercolour drawings and that it is produced with respect for the textile profession.
Designer Lykke Bloch Kjær has the following to say about the collaboration:
"Once you start appreciating each other's profession, something entirely new arises - something very special. Traditionally speaking, textiles have been sort of an "add-on" to furniture - the finishing touch. As a textile designer, it has been imperative to design something that caters to a broad audience, but you are often alone in designing it. In this collaboration, two perceptions are at play. Those two perceptions have formed the foundation for the development of something quite unique. This collection represents the conversation that sprung from the interplay between the two professions - furniture and textile design."