Woven Image and Akira Isogawa collaborate on a sumptuous new collection of textiles and verticals.
6 June, 2013
‘A meeting of minds’ probably best describes the design relationship between internationally renowned fashion designer Akira Isogawa and Woven Image. “From [our] first meetings and conversations, it was clear that both Woven Image and myself had a very similar vision for the collection,” says Isogawa.
The designs were inspired by Isogawa’s recent fashion collection, which involved the traditional Japanese shibori technique, a dying technique that creates a three-dimensional effect on fabric.
Botan (meaning Peony in Japanese) is a commercial grade velvet upholstery that combines a contemporary flower motif with an irregular cube-like shibori textured background. The flower motif’s uncut border also emphasises the petals and details to create a three dimensional effect.
The second velvet upholstery in the collection, Shibori, reflects the all-over irregular cube-like velvet structure evident in Botan’s background design, but with an adjustment of scale and finish.
In addition to the upholsteries, the collection also includes three new printed wall covering designs – EchoPanel Mura Nami, Kome and Haku – that reference the shibori concept and explore the relationship between printed texture and pattern. For Woven Image, this was also the first time that more than two pigments had been used in the printing process.
Featuring the same flower motif as Boton, Nami (meaning wave) is a two-colour print printed on to an EchoPanel Mura non-woven wall covering. It incorporates a secondary random pearl printed pattern that references the wave-like Nami patterns found in traditional Japanese artwork, and the subtle variation in texture creates a unique and beautiful overall effect.
Kome (meaning rice) is a one colour white print on EchoPanel Mura cream. The small irregular square-like design found on Kome is also seen in Haku, a lustrous foil printed pattern available in a silvery metallic tone as well as semi metallic charcoal.
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