ANITA KARS - ART DIRECTOR
Anita Kars has a strong sense for color and texture. She has been working in textiles for a long time. The play of color and materials keeps her fascinated. She is creating woven designs for an international clientele. With her curiosity she discovers the diverse universe of textiles and all the aspects around it.
Very talented in serveral disciplines, from textile design, trend research, photo styling, product design, set design to art-directing, s he is intrigued by the entire story, from thread to end product. Anita loves to focus on how the product adds value and how it fits into our daily lives.
It is our challenge to create innovative, contemporary and conscious products which go directly to the heart of the people.
LISET VAN DER SCHEER
From ' 79 onwards Liset van der Scheer has worked as industrial textile designer and colour consultant. In recent years, she has particularly specialised in carpet design. She has applied the years of experience she gained as a yarn designer, first for knitting yarns and later for the carpet industry, to her carpet designs. She wants to work further on the basis of the expression of the yarn.
The challenge of working with textiles for her was to be found in the application of mostly traditional materials in innovative ways or the use of new materials with existing production processes. In this way she sought to extend the limits of possibility. Traditionally seen, the changes in textiles were achieved through the variation of pattern, structure and colour. This approach did not satisfy her completely. She wanted to examine the limits by using new and for the most part unusual raw materials and existing or newly designed yarns in a totally different way.
In her designs she seeks for the interactive influence between colours. Colour is dependent on combination, structure, and the space in which a colour is located as well. Each colour has its own strength of appeal. Her career started as a colourist at a textile printing company. Over a period of 2 years she has produced more than 500 colour patterns, and observing colour has become second nature to her. Discovering the right relationship and finding that right combination, is a matter of intuition for her, there are ultimately no words to describe this.
- Winner Dutch design price 2005, category 'interior product '
- The International Design yearbook 2004, edited by Tom Dixon, p 179, Rug Royale, Danskina
- The International Design yearbook 2003, edited by Kareem Rashid, p 111, Rug Salto, Danskina
- The International Design yearbook 2002, edited by Ross Lovegrove, p 123, Rug Corale, Danskina
Textile designer Aleksandra Gaca (*1969) attended the Secondary School of Fine Arts in her hometown of Lódz (Poland). She then studied at the Faculty of Textiles and Fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. She received several international prizes for her experimental textile modelling.
Aleksandra Gaca lives and works as an independent textile designer in Delft. As regards innovation, the emphasis is explicitly on spatial weaving structures and three- dimensional effects. Lots of experiments were carried out with combinations and special types of yarn she developed herself. There is a wide use of materials from soft mohair to super-strong polyester. Also sturdy yarns such as lurex, paper yarns and metal wire are regularly processed. These contrasts make for the thus characterized structures and reliefs. But also tactility and a whole range of expressions: matt/gloss, hard/soft, high-tech versus natural.
Technical qualities are linked to the love of the weaving profession. The final result of this is fascinating fabrics on the cutting edge of art, design and architectonic modelling.
Producing designs is more than just a job for the Dutchman Onno Raadersma. It is his talent and his passion. This is obvious from the highly graphic nature of his designs that combine a penchant for light Scandinavian design with a fascination for traditional shapes and the use of hand-drawn and floral motifs. His graphically ornamental designs therefore exude an unmistakably contemporary feel. It is hardly surprising that many manufacturers and stylists at home and abroad are keen to engage him as often as they can. But that does not stop him going his own way: he set up MO-Studio with Rotterdam photographer Magri Geerlinks and he also regularly exhibits his own collection at design fairs in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy and beyond
Marie Mees designs home collections for several brands in Belgium and abroad. Her interior textiles are carefully designed to complement contemporary architecture and interior design. Her fabrics are never farfetched or eye-catching, even though Marie Mees is a trendsetter in the world of textiles. The search for comfortable materials and beautiful textures is a never-ending source of inspiration.
Marie Mees usually works with fine wool, fine linen and pure cotton. She attaches great importance to details and finish.
-Chris Meplan (Elle Decoration & Standaard Magazine)
- 1995: Triënale, Milaan (amen met Maarten van Severen)
- 2001: Forms, Design Museum Gent (Belgium)
- 2002: Design Museum, Helsinki (Finland)
- 2003: DesignIcons from Belgium, Flemish Parliament Brusseld (Belgium)
- 2004: Designbïennale Gwanyiu (Korea)
- 2004: Design from Flanders, Designmuseum Melbourne, (Australia)
- 2005: Label design, design in Belgium after 2000, Grand Hornu (Belgium)
- 1996: Interior foundation price, Designs for Europe, Biënnale Kortrijk (Belgium)