Seven international curators were invited to select design talents from seven key regions. The open brief presented each curator with the task of selecting designers that would reinterpret the classic textile Hallingdal, the founding textile of Kvadrat, in a modern context.
Hailing from the UK, Europe, the US, Scandinavia and Asia these designers have applied their skills to a very open brief – their only restriction to use Hallingdal 65 as the starting point for their idea. The result is 32 new concepts that take Hallingdal’s impressive past and show the way forward to an inspiring and innovative future.
Among the chosen designer was also the Erlangen (Germany) born Katrin Sonnleitner, who was one of the the winners of the D3 Constest at imm cologne in 2008 with her Jigsaw Persian Rug. On receiving the sample books of Hallingdal 65, German designer Katrin Sonnleitner was inspired by the bright colour palette and the geometric pattern created by the weave to build a ‘three-dimensional mosaic’.
Colours and surfaces define the character of an object. For example, the distinctive diamond pattern of the famous Chesterfield sofa is created by carefully placed buttons which are both a design detail and a means of construction. Questioning what could happen if this humble button was emphasized to be itself the upholstered element of a seating furniture, Katrin Sonnleitner’s piece evolved. A wide-meshed wire structure draws a volume in space and provides a base for various cushions that are individually tied to it to create seating areas.
Hallingdal was designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1965. Today more than forty-five years later it remains one of Kvadrat’s best-selling products and has earned its place as a design classic. A familiar fixture in public spaces, hospitals, schools and homes, Hallingdal 65 is a textile that holds many associations for many people. In a celebration of Hallingdal 65’s longevity Kvadrat has invited a new generation of designers to create entirely new works using the textile and explore new applications for the fabric. For this purpose seven curators have nominated their pick of emerging design talents all around the world under the guidance of Patrizia Moroso & Giulio Ridolfo.