The last couple of days have been crazy. M&O Paris 2015 has started, and with it I found lots of new things to see; the top design brands exhibit, new collections are launched, conferences to go to and learn a lot from. Yes, it’s a fact that when you attend to an event like M&O Paris, the luggage you take home is a lot richer.
I am in locco, I will be part of this fantastic experience called M&O Paris 2015, and I will share with you every detail. Today, I will show you the creators, thinkers and magicians of fabric: you’ll be able to see their relationship with interior design and how they have found their place in these projects. All of this, I learnt too at the conference: M&O Paris 2015: The Role Of Carpets And Fabric In Interior Design.
From floor to ceiling, architects and designers use a variety of carpets and fabrics to perfect their projects. To meet the needs of their work, fabric editors and rug designers innovate and explore new methods, materials and designs, seeking new feats of originality. Whether one is considering printed carpets designed by the hottest contemporary designers, the finest of handmade rugs, luminous handwoven fabrics, sumptuous upholstery or techno-textiles, interior designers have a wide range of choices to enhance their projects. But what role do these materials play in interior design?
Gabriel Chive, Luc Druez and Asa Henzel were the speakers in a conversation moderated by the Cover Magazine Editor Lucy Upward. Each one of them started by showing some of the projects where their magnificent pieces were included and how their textiles really made a statement. It was explained to the audience that textiles can be an inspiration for all of us to create our own world and this concept has been one of the many changes that have occurred in the last 10 years in the interior design industry.
The first big debate was about the topic: What can textiles bring to interiors?
Gabriel Chive, designer and artistic director at Marcel Wanders, brought to the table an important aspect: designers can, first of all, create their own pieces. With the new technologies, it is possible to customize and adapt wether the convenience is. Also, in Chive’s words, interior designers need to think through a whole new perspective! Using the right carpets and rugs, “we don’t create interiors, we create destinations’. How awesome is this? The truth is that textiles, rugs and carpets bring a heritage and culture elements to your interiors – elements that tell stories…
Another important fact is the evolution around the designing process: 10 years ago, interior designers started by choosing the furniture pieces and built all the ambiences from that; now, and mostly in hotels, many designers begin with setting the rug and then pick the furniture. That allows them to start by defining the center of the room with a statement piece, set the colors and the textures and constroy the environment around it.
There’s also a growing trend in the rugs category, and it is conquering specially in the USA: more and more, limited editions are launched for collectors to have their unique textile. So if you’re thinking about having a statement piece in your living room, you’ll get that with a carpet made specially for you.
Luc Druez, from LcD Textile Edition, reinforced the idea that each rug is unique and a proof for that is that designers spend more and more time choosing the right materials, the perfect patterns and the best shapes. Now this has probably shaken the old concept we had about rigs, right? And this also makes you think about what may change in the future, in what rugs and carpets are concerned. Will there be different materials for carpeting? Will it be different ways of using textiles? Luc Druez answers your questions: we all can expect a large spectrum, a world of endless possibilities for the use of rugs and carpets. Technology will help customization and everyone will have the opportunity of having a custom-made piece – unique. With the agreement of Asa Henzel, Gabriel Chive says that it will become easier to have artwork in textiles, reachable for everyone, and that will be promoted by technology.
Rugs and carpets are practical, providing cushion, comfort and warmth over a concrete, tile or wood floor – that’s not new. But they also provide artistic value to a room’s design. Considered artwork for the floor, which acts as the frame, size does matter — and it’s often a big concern for the homeowner unsure of how to create that well-balanced space. For these reasons I thank M&O Paris 2015. The mystery is now solved; Now we know the ACTUAL role of carpets and fabric in Interior Design.