Craft cuts: Designers embrace a mashed-up aesthetic

11 : 12 : 2013 Craft : Cold Cuts : Chen Chen + Kai Williams

Miami – Using coasters as a source of inspiration, Chen Chen + Kai Williams design studio created a series of circular rugs with Tai Ping for Design Miami/.

Showcased at Time, the Inventory design collective exhibition, Chen Chen and Kai Williams’s carpets are a study of materials, processes and forms. The duo used their 2011 work, Cold Cuts – a series of coasters made from different materials that were wrapped around a piece of wood, set in resin and then sliced up – as their starting point.

For the collaboration with Tai Ping, the design duo replicated the visual design of the coasters and focused on the high-low mix of materials found in handmade rugs to create four circular designs.

‘A lot of designers are focusing on the handmade, using simple techniques,’ says Inventory founder Jessica Acosta-Rubio. ‘Designers are referencing the Arts & Crafts movement [of the early 1900s] and reacting to the Industrial Age by going back to basics.’

This fusion of materials and processes was first highlighted by LS:N Global in our 2010 Mix Mash design direction.

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