Habitat are embracing weaving, hand-crafting and global influences in a big way for 2013. Their new Spring Sumer lookbook is a cheerful celebration of colourful hand-woven vessels and rattan furniture.
The company has also just announced Interwoven, an exhibition celebrating the art of weaving at the Platform gallery space in their Kings Road store. The exhibition will showcase the work of five former graduates of London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. At its heart are designs by Philippa Thorne, who after graduation worked for Missoni before moving to Swaziland where she now produces woven vessels and baskets that merge traditional hand making techniques with contemporary design to striking effect. After moving to Africa Philippa set up a company called Gone Rural to create employment for rural women. What started as a small business twenty years ago, has evolved into a company providing income for over 700 women, now supplying grass and textile woven products to over a thousand retail outlets in over thirty countries.
For the exhibition Philippa has selected around 40 special one-off pieces, many are very sculptural and incorporate bright zigzag patterns and vibrant colour. There will also be a special collection called 'Song of the Weaver', consisting of large scale baskets which visually tell the story of the lives of three generations of women from the same family. All Gone Rural pieces in the exhibition will be for sale and money will go directly to support Gone Rural.
Here's a preview of the Habitat Spring Summer 2013 collection. It features a modern take on traditional weaving techniques.... and lots of rattan. The style is exotic and well travelled. Look out for different textures, unexpected curves and unusual colour juxtapositions.
Etna daybed and Akano rug - Habitat SS13
Wicker magazine holder and woven plastic pendant lamp shades
Ormond votive holder
Mazar throw on Lyra rattan sofa
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Interwoven is at the Platform gallery space at Habitat, 208 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5XP from 8 March - 28 April 2013.