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Raw-Edges say “picnic in an enchanted forest”, your scribe envisions Moomins in a Finnish forest. Either way it means one thing. The talented folk at Raw-Edges have done it again. Commissioned by Kvadrat to design the firm’s stand at the 2013 Stockholm Furniture Fair the Raw-Edges Design Studio duo created a massive construction of Dinesen Douglas Fir and 1,500 “sleeves” sewn from twenty different Kvadrat textiles.

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Raw-Edges Design Studio for Kvadrat, Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013

Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay describe the concept as “wooden cabin, soft roof tiles, fish skin and picnic under a weeping willow, all mixed in a massive pot with Kvadrat swatches. Served within a commercial fair with our aspiration to create a bit of relaxing surreal situation but very warm welcoming.” Unmentioned elsewhere, press images from Raw-Edges refer to the strips as “sleeves”. Inspection reveals tail end corners are stitched together inviting the further fantasy that with a bit of counter luck to “chance would be a fine thing”, your scribe would slip her arms through multiple sleeves and quickly disappear to enjoy Kvadrat fabric swatches while supping a private picnic.

For readers unfamiliar with Moomins, the title refers to a cell in Moomin on the Riviera (1955). Delighted to be in a suite in The Grand Hotel, MoominMamma exclaims how nice it is to live in your house. Equally so with Kvadrat fabrics. It’s nice to live in a home that has them. DJ

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Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay are the Raw-Edges Design Studio. Their TEX Tile ceramic tile collection for Mutina is inspired by the texture of textiles. “Almost every object has its own particular texture, whether it’s a natural or a handmade material”, the duo declare. Their tactile reference library was the springboard for experimenting with plasticine molds on a variety of objects and materials. To their surprise, textiles gave the best results.

TEX Tiles by Raw Edges for Mutina, Italy. Photograph courtesy Mutina.

The tile shape mimics a macro knitted stitch. The rhombus (often found in knitwear) tile pattern is a tessellation of parallelograms (two equilateral triangles), and three rhombi are a hexagon.

TEX Tiles by Raw Edges for Mutina, Italy. Photograph courtesy Mutina.

For the mathematically or games-minded, TEX Tiles are tessellations of hexagons. TEX is available in ten colours (black, blue, brown, cream, grey, olive, white, yellow), each of which has three shades (also inspired by different yarn dye lots). The permutations seem endless. Shades are crucial to the effect, as it is the subtle elements that produce the 3D optical illusion “knit” effect. (More text after the image break.)

TEX Tiles by Raw Edges for Mutina, Italy. Photograph courtesy Mutina.

TEX Tiles by Raw Edges for Mutina, Italy. Photograph courtesy Mutina.

TEX Tiles by Raw Edges for Mutina, Italy. Photograph courtesy Mutina.

TEX Tiles by Raw Edges for Mutina, Italy. Photograph courtesy Mutina.

TEX Tiles by Raw Edges for Mutina, Italy. Photograph courtesy Mutina.

To ensure a bespoke installation for each customer, single colour orders have randomly selected shades in the tile order. Or customers can order predetermined patterns set into a mesh. The natural glaze applied on a white ceramic base creates a slightly irregular effect which adds even more depth and character to each installation. DJ