Folkform explains how leftover textiles gave life to new Louis De Poortere carpet collection
“We spotted the backside of a carpet that was a leftover part of jute. So we created a patchwork collage and when the others saw it, they asked to make this into a whole collection”, Anna Holmquist, co-founder of Folkform says.
By MEGHA PRAKASH
September 09, 2022
Design and art duo Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell, together as Folkform, are currently showcasing their project The Blue Tapestries together with carpet manufacturer Louis De Poortere at Dahl agenturer’s showroom in Stockholm. As soon as you walk into the showroom it’s impossible to miss the theme of the exhibition.
— It’s actually a funny story because we found this amazing storage at the factory, with only blue threads and yarn. Maybe 50 different blues. Since we’ve been working with blue in our previous collections but never like this. So we decided to make the whole collection blue, Holmquist tells us.
— Blue is a primary colour, so we wanted to work with that. The next exhibition will include other colours but we wanted to start with this colour, Ahlsell adds.
The Blue Tapestries is a series of carpets that have been created together with leftover pieces of jute and blue yarn. The jute is recycled from the leftover backside pieces of carpets made at Louis De Poortere’s factory in Belgium.
— As the leftover pieces are smaller, we made the carpets into patchwork collages to hang on the walls for example, Folkform explained during their presentation at Dahl agenturer.
Not only will Folkform be curating a follow-up exhibition in February 2023, which is an extension of their Blue Tapestries series, but the duo is currently working on a project to create a new version of their classic plissé lamp.
— We’re making a new edition of our folded lamp together with a very unique brand. It’s an old and traditional brand, but we can’t say who yet, the duo concludes.