Raf Simons Designs Again For Kvadrant With No Time Pressure

The Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons has designed a new textile and cushion collection for the Danish textiles company Kvadrant. This is not his first collaboration with Kvadrant. In 2014 he launched his first home collection. The new furnishing fabrics will be available at Skandium from May 1. 

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At the end of 2015, Raf Simons parted ways with the French luxury label Dior because of the ever accelerating pace. ‘I had it all, except time.’ Today he focusses on his menswear label, a label which he started more than twenty years ago. And it is also the time for a new collaboration with Kvadrant.

And the slower pace clearly pleases him. ‘Having the timeline of a year is like heaven for me because at Christian Dior I used to do eight collections a year and each collection could contain up to 150 fabrics,’ so he says in an interview with The Telegraph. ‘I’ve done three fabrics for Kvadrat and I really, really pay attention to it. It’s beautiful to be able to give a project substantial incubation time,’ he continues. ‘There’s no hurry… They believe in me, I believe in them…’  

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Simons took inspiration from the hanging chairs by the Italian neo-rationalist architect and designer Franco Albini for his striped patterns. The chairs were originally created for the Milan Triennale in 1940. The designer who studied product design, has been fascinated with the chairs for a long time.
The premiere of the latest collection took place in the minimal art gallery, Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin where the team of Kvadrant had a surprise in store for Simons: a reproduction of the Poltrona Seggiovia chair in his latest fabric.

If there will be a forth one? According to Simons it is possible. ‘Working with this Danish company is so small and intimate and it’s something I can do all by myself at home if I want. It’s an ongoing project until they get fed up or I get fed up. But that won’t happen anytime soon because it’s extremely satisfying for us both.’

Photos: Kvadrant
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