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From Fibre to Product: The Exciting Journey of a Textile

In a learning session organised by Moroso, designers in Singapore got to deepen their knowledge of textile – and design their very own iconic Fjord armchair.

From Fibre to Product: The Exciting Journey of a Textile

Moroso doesn’t just work with some of the top designers in the industry – the Italian furniture company also enjoys a close relationship with respected textile manufacturers. This important partnership was underscored at a recent event organised by Moroso at the National Design Centre in Singapore.

Designers were invited to a special learning session, where representatives from Kvadrat and Febrik shared the process of transforming a fabric from a fibre to a finished product.

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Leading Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat spoke about the technical aspects of textile, while up-and-coming player, Dutch company Febrik, shared insights on the technical construction, unique qualities, and possibilities of working with knitted textiles.

The session culminated in a competition where participants were invited to design and upholster a miniature version of the iconic Fjord armchair from the Moroso furniture collection. It was an intense session, will all eyes on the grand prize – a real-size Fjord.

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The judges included Phillips Connor, Director of M Moser Associates; Patrick Chia, Founding Director of Design Incubation Centre, National University of Singapore; Jeffrey Ho, Executive Director of DesignSingapore Council; Narelle Yabuka, Editor of Cubes Indesign and annual magazine Habitus Singapore; and Siew Man Kok, Chairman and Founding Director of MKPL Architects.

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Judging was held right after the session, with the winning entry – announced that very afternoon – going to Priscilla Liu, co-founder of Studio Juju.

Explaining the concept of her piece, Liu said: “The Fjord chair is a signature design by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso, with a distinct silhouette. The act of upholstering is often about tailoring the fabric according to the outline of the chair. [With this piece], I decided to deconstruct the form of the chair with this very act of upholstering. Using the fabrics in their entire sheet form, I layered the fabrics, created folds at the bend of the chair, and concealed the chair shell within the layers of fabric.”

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One of the judges, Siew Man Kok of MKPL, had this to say: “The winning design stood out because of its subversive approach; it masked the original form of the chair with a seemingly simple drape that on closer inspection, was actually quite sophisticated.”

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Febrik
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