For their Kneeling, Five Years of We Make Carpets installation at Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week, Dutch design collective We Make Carpets created a series of rug-like artworks using simple, everyday materials you can find in your kitchen drawer.
Details: For Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg, the three people behind We Make Carpets, anything from pasta to clothes pegs, drinking straws and even sponges can become part of the ingenious aesthetic patterns they build up from the inside outwards – on their knees.
Says We Make Carpets, “No-nonsense, hard-working but conceptual and saucy at that, they build bridges between design and art. Their approach could be considered as a form of contemporary archaeology because no matter how small and insignificant an object might be, once it has been spotted by We Make Carpets’ mass-reproducing eyes, almost anything can develop into an appealing carpet.”
“They know their historical carpet motives and the weaving tradition of Brabant but that is not where they find their inspiration. Not the Persian rug store but the forest, the Sligro or Zeeman count among their favourite hangouts.”
We Make Carpets launched their first project in 2009 as part of the Instant Nature exhibition during the Dutch Design Week. The Forest Carpet consisted of pinecones, acorns, moss and brown leaves and smelled of autumn. Other carpets followed: a yellowish undulating Pasta Carpet built up in their own studio; a Clean Carpet of cotton wool, pads and cotton tips in a living room; a Band-Aid Carpet of Band-Aids stuck to their studio wall; and a Coffee Carpet of white coffee cups filled with black, brown, cream and cappuccino coffee.
In Milan last week, 50 carpets that were made over the past five years were displayed. Given the vulnerability of the materials the audience wasn’t allowed to walk, or kneel, on them. A breeze of air, the slightest touch could disturb the pattern. Clever corridors and a platform offered an excellent view of all the works as you can attest here with these photos taken at the exhibition.