CASALIS' EXTERNAL TEAM
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 international clients. 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, she 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 - Designer
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.
ALEKSANDRA GACA - Designer
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.
GOSIA SMETS - SOBKOWIAK - PR and communication specialist
Gosia has joined Casalis in January 2018 as an independent PR and Communication specialist, bringing 12 years of experience in design and luxury sectors to the team. Previously, she worked at Marcel Wanders Studio and Organisation in Design, gaining experience in campaign management, event planning, and press relations. Working for Casalis she supports the team in the development and implementation of overall communication strategies, she takes care of international press relations, creating narratives for press releases and social media.
In her free time, she enjoys doing arts and crafts with her daughter, swimming and hiking in the nature and in the evenings she loves binge watching a good series with her husband.
ROCIO LU - Design and communication
'It’s very important for me to work for a company with the values and the compromise like those which Casalis has with their workers, clients and with the environment. I am happy to have the opportunity to learn and grow professionaly in a company inspired by beauty, high-end interiors and arts.'
Rocio is passionate about learning new languages and experiencing new cultures. She loves music, walking, design, architecture and arts. She also enjoys reading fictional books about science and historical novels.
ONNO RAADERSMA - Designer
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 - Designer
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)