For the sixth chapter in the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collaboration, the Antwerp-based designer presents new textiles in the installation No Man's Land at Garage 21 during Milan Design Week.
Raf Simons’s new textiles appear in a fantastical realm, playfully exploring inside and outside spaces. The diamond grid pattern of Novus 1
and Novus 2
is re-imagined as garden fencing in distinctly non-suburban colours. The thick cording of Phlox
is echoed in the wooden slats of transport palettes on which it appears as cushions in an ad hoc seating arrangement. Atom
has been shredded to create a speckled floor, recalling grassy lawns, flower gardens and even patches of dust.
Within this landscape, three prefab buildings by Jean Prouvé house a seated area for visitors, a mid century home, and a workshop. In the workshop, textiles are presented as if they are works in progress, exhibiting the materials and process behind each design, and allowing visitors to get hands-on-acquainted with the fabrics.