If Danish textiles stalwarts Kvadrat can be commended for anything, it's a tendency to create endlessly fascinating forms with their wares. No matter the fair, their stand is always worth a visit. For this year's IMM Cologne, they have created a forte of colour or, as they've tagged it, a ‘Garden of Wonders’.
We know a thing or two about the transformable qualities of Kvadrat, having used their glamorous multicoloured collection to adorn the entrance of our very own Wallpaper* arcade at Salone del Mobile last year. The ‘Garden of Wonders’ shows off their range in a more playful manner: hanging from the ceiling, layered along walls and, most specially, incorporated into a bespoke upholstered cabin realised by German designer Werner Aisslinger.
Coated inside and out in a patchwork of primary colours, the cabin comes with furniture, textile shutters, a circular window and a bike outside, presenting a cosy, liveable space. '[It is] a small piece of architecture, dressed as a collage in a wide range of fabrics.’ Aisslinger explains. (The designer also contributed to a very different 'Garden of Wonders' at Salone del Mobile last year.)
The rest of the garden was clad in new collections, including Cristian Zuzunaga’s Catalan-inspired curtain textiles in organic hues and geometrical vibrant prints from Amsterdam duo Scholten & Baijings, in collaboration with Maharam. These were celebrated alongside their trusted sister brands Danskina and Kinnasand’s own new launches.
Bringing the spirit of a warmer climate to the German city through plantlife and colour, the space ‘evokes a feel of exotic places such as India or South America’ muses Aisslinger, ‘where wonderfully-coloured fabrics wave in the wind’.