Published on : Thursday, March 23, 2017
The new Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection was unveiled with a special exhibition at the National Academy of Design in New York. Ria is the fourth collection from Raf Simons and Kvadrat, that draws inspiration from the designer’s passion for modern and contemporary art.
The use of colour in Ria takes inspiration from Pointillism, the artistic technique originating with Impressionist masters as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and and Vincent van Gogh in the late 19th century. This painterly technique builds up vibrant fields of colour through the application of pure pigment in precise, individual dots.
Each of Ria’s colourways brings together three tones of yarn. The base of the textile is made up of a thinner, single toned yarn, through which are woven two colours of thicker yarn to create a subtly textured dotting of colour across the surface.
Simons says, “I was fascinated by how the colouration and weaving processes in fashion textiles don’t have the same limitations as those of furnishing textiles. Working with Kvadrat, we’ve been translating the subtle colouration and texture that you’d find perhaps in a tweed or bouclé into textiles suitable for use in furniture. Because of the dense weave that is needed for furniture, the colouration becomes even more interesting, with almost a painterly impact.”