Textile development is both an art and a science. Case in point: Carnegie’s Xorel Knit. While the company’s woven Xorel material has long been a popular choice for wallcoverings and panels, it lacked the pliability to serve as effective upholstery. Thus began an elaborate quest to develop an offshoot version that could be wrapped around complex curves. The biggest limitation Carnegie came up against: knitting machines, which couldn’t handle the company’s high performance yarn. After partnering with a European knitting company, however, it invented a one-of-a-kind jacquard machine able to produce a textile with the stretch and recovery that the woven material lacked. And yet, staying true to the strengths of its predecessor, Xorel Knit remains both extremely durable and easily cleaned. The inaugural collection introduces four patterns — a textural solid as well as modern takes on herringbone, houndstooth and plaid — in 24 colours, ready to cover everything from chairs to stools to cushions.
Project Xorel Knit Designer Heather Bush of Carnegie, U.S. Manufacturer Carnegie, U.S.
Well beyond the recent resimercial trend and our current WFH reality, the desire for domestic comforts in office environments is a phenomenon poised to grow stronger in the years to come. To that end, workplace furniture specialist Coalesse and Spanish textile expert Nanimarquina have teamed up to create a soulful rug collection tough enough for the office. Using nature and the geometries of traditional tufting and looming techniques as their dual starting points, the two brands developed six modern, graphic interpretations of classic weaves. Patch, for instance, joins together hand-loomed, individually dyed panels bordered with playful fringe, while Basket enlarges, abstracts and fades the pattern commonly found on woven baskets. The collection also includes two offerings designed for outdoor use, Diagonal and Mesh. Sharing a muted, earth-toned palette, all six exhibit a warmth that readies the office for a new chapter of deep comfort.
Project Nanimarquina Collection for Coalesse Designers Nani Marquina of Nanimarquina (Spain) and John Hamilton of Coalesse (U.S.) Manufacturer Coalesse, U.S.
Evocative textiles — from carpets to coverings — are among the striking collections that received awards of merit in Design: Interior Products.