The new collection takes inspiration from Modernist furniture, pop and contemporary art, fashion textiles, and music.
Raf Simons has designed a range of blended wool textiles for Kvadrat that explore the stripe in varying degrees of graphic boldness.
In the two years since it first launched, the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection has set new standards for inventively designed upholstery textiles that marry Kvadrat’s high production standards with Raf Simon’s instinctive flair for combining colours.
The Stripe theme for the 2016 collection is deployed across three new textile designs through the use of textured yarns and subtly fragmented colour. The strikingly modern nautical upholstery of Franco Albini’s suspended Poltrona Seggiovia (Chairlift Chair) of 1940 inspired Simons to explore the stripe in upholstery textile. The resulting designs – Reflex, Pulsar and Fuse – were named in reference to the musical world, which serves as an important source of inspiration for the designer. The intervals of the stripes and the melding of colours in the three designs can be seen as a reflection of rhythm and harmony, and are also informed by the use of similar graphic patterns in fashion.
The fresh and contemporary palette includes cobalt blue, red, yellow, and pink, as well as a range of greys and neutral tones. It also echoes key colours found in the earlier collections. As a result, designs from all three Kvadrat/Raf Simons collections can be used alongside one another to produce richly nuanced combinations of colour, texture and pattern within an interior scheme.
Each of the three textile designs – Reflex, Pulsar and Fuse – is deployed in a handful of colourways across three sizes of cushions. These cushions allow different designs within the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collections to be used together.