Material world

Kvadrat and Really launch the second iteration of its ‘Circular by Design’ initiative at Salone del Mobile

With sustainability always high on the agenda at Milan Design Week, Danish textile titan Kvadrat has approached seven designers with a challenge: to create furniture from end-of-life textiles. In a new take on its 2017 exhibition which focused on works by Max Lamb, each designer’s offering explores the potential of Really’s upcycled solid fabric board.

Through inventive new work from Benjamin Hubert, Front, Jo Nagasaka, and Jonathan Olivares, alongside the three designers seen here – Christien Meindertsma, Claesson Koivisto Rune and Raw-Edges – the showcase investigates the changing landscape of textiles, and its move towards a circular economy.

In this film, we watch as the three designers take on mastering different aspects of the textile – from its versatile size to graphic qualities – answering Kvadrat’s question: ‘what possibilities open up when end-of-life becomes the start of a new life?’

18-22 April; Via Palermo 1; Writer: Elly Parsons

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.