Kinnasand launches Kinnasand LAB
Kinnasand LAB is a new initiative by Kinnasand under the creative lead of Creative Director Isa Glink where she collaborates with external designers to give a new interpretation to Kinnasand textiles, innovate and develop new products. Launching a new collaboration every 6 months, the collection will be available in limited editions, through selected retailers. The first collection of Kinnasand LAB, SHIELD is a decorative panel designed by Studio Wieki Somers.
Made of semi-transparent textiles with embroidered patterns and movable wooden strips, SHIELD enriches a space by allowing light through in different layers creating ever-changing patterns of illumination. Allowing the user to decide the needed level of transparency by the number of wooden strips, the panels can be used as window screens or placed as room dividers. The flexibility stimulates the user to play with rhythm and light, influencing both public and private aspects of a space. Available in four different designs, SHIELD will initially be sold in a limited edition.
Isa Glink, Creative Director Kinnasand: “With Kinnsand LAB we start a refreshing dialogue with outstanding creatives worldwide. Together we find new ways of how textiles can be perceived, resulting in sensually exciting and appealing products.
Collaborating with Studio Wieki Somers on SHIELD has been very inspirational. The panels highlight the beauty of textiles, interacting with their surrounding in a contemporary and poetic way.”
To celebrate the launch of Kinnasand LAB, Studio Wieki Somers has created the rhythmic and playful installation SHIELDS at the 2017 Salone del Mobile in Milan in the Kinnasand showroom at Corso Monforte 15. Consisting of a mobile made from textile shields inspired by Kinnasand latest collection CONSTRUCTURE.
The installation takes its viewers on a journey of rhythm, play and light, by creating new frameworks for the textiles and presenting them in an unusual context. Stretched within various circular and square frames, the textiles float as kite-like shields beneath the ceiling or are placed on the floor as lamps. The addition of light allows new qualities to appear as the light plays on the semitransparent fabrics and their reflective parts.