Finnish design company Artek and Danish design textile manufacturer Kvadrat, commissioned the Berlin based architecture practice Kuehn Malvezzi, to create the Collectors Lounge at this year’s Design Miami/ Basel (14 – 19 June 2016).
Kuehn Malvezzi’s Collectors Lounge highlighted Artek’s modernist Kiki Collection, designed by Finnish master Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1960 and upholstered in the new fabric collection by Raf Simons for Kvadrat. The third collection of blended wool textiles by Kvadrat and the Belgian fashion designer explores the stripe in varying degrees of graphic boldness, drawing inspiration from Modernist furniture, Pop and contemporary art, fashion textiles, and music.
Kuehn Malvezzi transformed the Collectors Lounge into a landscape of different colour and texture combinations. Like inverted spaces or solid rooms, cubic volumes formed a striking environment for Ilmari Tapiovaara’s modernist design. Visitors were able to experience the new Kvadrat/Raf Simons fabric variations on horizontal or vertical surfaces, as well as on the Kiki Sofas and Lounge Chairs. A combination of Kvadrat/Raf Simons’ bright colours formed a strong graphic landscape, at times in contrast, at times homogeneous.
Kuehn Malvezzi’s strong affinity to the arts along with their vast museum and exhibition design experience made them the perfect choice for Artek and Kvadrat’s commission. With the support of the two likeminded companies, deeply rooted in the Nordic design tradition, Kuehn Malvezzi created an impactful lounge providing a space for relaxation and respite at the centre of the global design forum, while celebrating the merge of design, art and architecture.
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