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Kvadrat/Raf Simons: Genius Collaboration

Interdisciplinary designer Raf Simons may have stepped down from the helm of Dior, but he’s back on form with his third collection for Danish design company Kvadrat. Premiered at a special exhibition in Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin, the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection features three new textiles – Reflex, Pulsar and Fuse – which are also complemented by a range of richly textured pillows and throws.

Distinguished by the innovative blending of colour and sculptural materials for which he is highly regarded in the fashion world, the playful fabrics work in unity to offer a suite of complementary tones, weaves and textures. The new textiles feel intimate to touch and are warm in texture thanks to their unique blend of wool and mohair, whilst the throw is made from pure camel’s wool, adding a fresh tactility to contemporary interior schemes.

The inventively designed Reflex, Pulsar and Fuse were named in reference to the musical world, with the bold intervals of the stripes seen as a reflection of rhythm and harmony. Simons instinctive flair for combining colours are evident in the fresh and contemporary colourways – a palette of cobalt blue, fiery red, sharp lemon yellow and powder pink, as well as a range of greys and neutral tones.

Simons was also inspired to explore the stripe in textile form by the strikingly modern nautical upholstery used for Franco Albini’s ‘Poltrona Seggiovia’ (Chairlift Chair), which was originally designed in 1940. In honour of the launch of the 2016 collection, Kvadrat were granted permission by the Franco Albini Foundation to recreate the ‘Poltrona Seggiovia’ and dress it in the new textiles. Such bold designs would be the perfect contrast to a snowy backdrop on the slopes!

You can explore the eleven core textile designs of the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collaboration here.

We also highly recommend taking some time out to watch the ‘Dior and I‘ documentary, which gives a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at Raf Simons’ true labour of love for his first haute couture collection as Dior’s artistic director.