Textiles are an interesting medium to explore. I first came to appreciate the beauty in weaving thanks to the Bauhaus, Anni Albers’ work in-particular. Her famous book ‘On Weaving’ made me think how this age old craft could play a supportive role in modern design and be applied to our modern world. One of the key elements was the poetry in repetitive pattern and the simplicity in the designs found in the field of textiles. It’s really all about getting your point across in the simplest way possible.
It was why these two series by Amsterdam-based studio BCSXY, founded by designers Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto, really appealed to me. One collection titled ‘Dawn’ brings abstraction to one of the most mysterious times of day, where colours and forms blend together, and our perception wanders between the recognisable and the unknown.
‘Knots’ is slightly more traditional in nature, using the sculptural, three-dimensions elements typical to Mizuhiki – the traditional Japanese knotting technique. They have transferred this to textile in illustrative form to create quite a wonderful, cohesive piece of design that’s certainly powerful.
Textiles are an overlooked, underrated piece of design that has aesthetic impact. Thanks to studios like BCXSY we are able to see this design come in to play in all its glory. I hope more will explore this medium and experiment with how they fit in to our ever changing lifestyle.