Knit! by Kvadrat is a series of work by 28 different designers exploring the potential of knitted textiles by Kvadrat Febrik. Knit! debuts in Copenhagen during 3 Days of Design (3–5 September 2020) physically and as a digital, interactive exhibition that can be viewed worldwide.
Designers have been chosen from across the world to create pieces with Kvadrat Febrik textiles as the protagonist. Selected by curators Anniina Koivu, Jeffrey Bernett, Johanna Agerman Ross, Njusja de Gier, and Renee Merckx, each designer was picked for their curiosity in experimenting with materials, form and colour, with many operating on the border between industrial design and craft.
Kvadrat Febrik’s knitted textiles are three-dimensional constructions with form-shaping abilities that open up a world of material possibilities. They provide the perfect canvas for the designers to push the boundaries of what can be achieved within their respective disciplines.
The digital exhibition features all 28 works displayed around Kvadrat’s headquarters in Ebeltoft, Denmark, transforming the space into an online gallery. On a dedicated website, viewers will be able to virtually explore the exhibition and see each design in detail, accompanied by the designer who takes the viewer through their inspirations and design process.
Knit! is the fourth edition of Kvadrat’s Design Projects, following iterations dedicated to Kvadrat’s Hallingdal 65, Divina and Canvas textiles.
This is the first global design collaboration to be hosted as a virtual exhibition and the first time Kvadrat has chosen Australian designers to participate in one of their global design initiatives. The two designers selected, are Sydney based, Adam Goodrum – an award-winning furniture designer and Benja Harney – a renowned self-taught paper engineer.
All of the designers chosen from across the world were picked for their curiosity in experimenting with materials, form and colour, with many operating on the border between industrial design and craft. Using the knitted textiles by Kvadrat Febrik as a canvas, designers have created works that complement their respective disciplines.
Adam Goodrum’s ‘In Conversation series’ is a seating collection, inspired by a set of Victorian love seats that allows for quiet discussion between sitters. Benja Harney’s ‘InterPersona’ is a playful and colourful landscape of abstracted characters with surrealist eyes and lips.
In light of this pandemic, we are now consuming more digitally than ever before and spending more time at home. With our borders closed we need to continue to celebrate and support our local designers, and in a world first – Knit! gives Australians an opportunity to do just this. It also offers everyone an experience, that would otherwise be a exhibition only available to those who travel to Milan Design Week.
3 Days of Design – 3-5 September 2020
Knit! will be presented in the Kvadrat showroom in Copenhagen during 3 Days of Design.
Read more about the exhibition, designer talks and register for the events at www.kvadrat.dk/3daysofdesign
Please note that registration is essential to guarantee entry.
3 September, 9am – 6pm
4 September, 9am – 5pm
5 September, 10am – 3pm