FREEDOM is a project of 9 Dutch Designers which created all their very own rug within the boundaries of CS rugs' tufting methods. The result is an extremely inspiring collection of limited edition rugs. Each one being a story through the eyes of the designers. The project, curated by CS rugs' art director Richard Hutten was shown in Milan 2019 at Alcova during the Salone del Mobile. The designers involved were: Sabine Marcelis, Jolán van der Wiel, Joep van Lieshout, MVRDV, Studio Makkink & Bey, Irma Boom, Christien Meindertsma, Wim Bos en Richard Hutten.
From left to right:
Row 1: Sabine Marcelis - Donut rug /Jolán van der Wiel - Tropical tapestry / Joep van Lieshout - Rats 'r Us
Row 2: MVRDV - puzzle rug / Studio Makkink & Bey - pixelated / Irma Boom - Vitruvius
Row 3: Christien Meindertsma - Flax field / Wim Bos - Pagoda / Richard Hutten - Rainbow mountain
In cooperation with Christien Meindertsma
After commonly creating the 'Flax field' rug, Christien Meindertsma and CS rugs started another intriguing project: the story of a Sheeps'fleece. Born out of Christien’s fascination of researching the road from origin to product, she wants to uncover the traceability of the sheep’s grazing environment and the entire route its wool travels.
Christien Meindertsma’s 3d rug project is a model-like translation of the entire journey the wool of a sheep makes to become a final product. This includes every sub-operation the raw material undergoes: the sheering of the sheep, the combing of the yarn, the dying and spinning process and the final tufting of the rug itself.
The bird view images of all the different sites where those operations take place are of inspiration for the design of the rugs. As for Covid-19 restrictions to travel the project is still in process. Three production sites have been visited and filmed by now and allowed us to create a film which exudes textile craftsmanship and takes us to the various -photogenic- landscapes where the factories are situated. The vast fields in New Zealand where the original Corriedale sheep graze, the crowded city in France where the dyeing takes place and the industrial area of the CSrugs factory in Asten [the Netherlands] where the rugs are being produced. “All sites are incredibly interesting to capture into a design” explains Christien, “the 3d elements that the tufting robot can create in the rug are amazing”.
In the rug you see landscapes, roads, buildings, bushes and trees, visualized in several layers. The 3d technique used in the design enables you to get a vivid imagination of the edifices and cultivation. There will be 5 designs that equal the different operations in the process of the yarn.
The whole process has been documented by filmmaker and photographer Roel van Toer who has composed it to a breathtaking film. Visits of the factories in Bulgaria and Ireland are planned as soon as travelling is declared safe again.
In cooperation with Nina van Bart
The work of Nina van Bart (1988) is of the most tactile, sensorial and intuitive character. Nina creates atmospheric scenes that connect the worlds of performance, art, music, graphic design, wellness and technology. She makes a translation between the present and the future and brings out her vision through the use of a material, film, photo series or an installation. And she does all of this with a strong emphasis on materiality, tactility and a sensory experience.
On a free lance basis Nina works for well known design studio Muller van Tol as a surface designer. At this company she designs material samples for tactile walls in print and textures. She also works as an autonomous designer for different clients.
Nina is now working on new rug design in collaboration with the CSrugs Studio.
In cooperation with Roderick Vos
Roderick Vos followed study of Industrial Design at the currently known “Design Academy” in Eindhoven The Netherlands. He works as a trainee for the famous lighting designer Ingo Maurer. After this period he moves to Japan for 8 months, where he finds an excellent tutor in GK Industrial Associates/Tokyo, founded by Kenji Ekuan.
He starts his own design studio in Indonesia and stays in Asia for 6 years. When he returns he starts working for the interior department store Maupertuus in Groningen. Since 2004 he runs his design office ‘Studio Roderick Vos’ in Den Bosch (the Netherlands) together with his partner Claire Vos who is an industrial designer too. He now mainly focusses on product design. Beautiful vases attest of this. He designs furniture for a.o. Linteloo, Gelderland and Design on Stock. His aim is to make design within everybodies’ reach.
In cooperation with Studio Truly Truly
Studio Truly Truly is a design studio operating from the Netherlands, founded by Australian designers Joel & Kate Booy. Unexpected visual and material choices inspire their work which can be both whimsical and/or highly graphic in nature. The studio tackles all manner of creative challenges, ranging across objects, furniture, lighting, textiles and spaces
In collaboration with the CSrugs Studio they designed the Frequencies Rug.
In cooperation with Franziska Wernicke
detailF is the berlin based studio of independent textile & surface designer franziska wernicke. besides working for clients, the studio is constantly developing new products to extend its own collection. the passion for traditional craftsmanship, experimentation and innovation is present in the design process and the final product. franziska wernicke adds another dimension to common products, blurring the line between design, art and architecture. the resulting products are simultaneously elegant and edgy
CSrugs crafted her collection 'Room moment', consisting of fading colours in different directions.
In cooperation with Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid [Canadian-American] is one of the most prolific industrial designers of his generation. His designs include luxury goods, furniture, lighting, brand identity, packaging and surface design. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design.
For CSrugs Karim designed a series of 12 stunning 3-dimensional rugs in 12 bright colours.
In cooperation with Christian Müller
With Christiane we developped patchwork collection Salinas de Maras; named after the salt bassins in Peru, with their patchwork like rasters. Salinas comes in 3 designs and 3 colours, Salty White, Ash Gold and Black Sapphire. Different tructures, materials and pile heights are combined in the rug.
In cooperation with Jeroen Vinken
The career of the artist and designer Jeroen Vinken (Tilburg, 1955) started with serigraphy and developed via painting tot he development of high tech industrial carpets and [wall] rugs. Nowadays he fully focusses on jacquard woven images and curtain fabrics to be best defined as folded paintings.
For CSrugs he developed the collection Lilain, a cut pile rug made out a combination of wool and linen with beautiful characteristics.