Italian rug manufacturer Nodus exhibited their beautiful collection of limited edition and high design rugs, befittingly in the courtyard of the Theological Faculty of Milan.
Belgian designers Studio Job are known for their unique storytelling through intricate patterns and playful use of textiles and materials. Their 2008 Bavaria collection for Moss has always been a favorite of mine and we saw their entry into rugs last year for both Nodus and Established & Sons. At this year's Nodus presentation, Studio Job transformed their 2009 stained glass piece, "The Birth" into a hand-woven wool rug (above). The abstracted patterns of organs, blood vessels and bones employed in their more recent "Quack" Cabinet found a new life in the kaleidoscopic Quack rug.
"The Birth" by Studio Job for Nodus
"Quack" rug by Studio Job for Nodus
In the covered walkway ringing an open air garden of wildflowers, Kiki van Eijk's Savage Flower series of custom designed rugs bloomed on the walls. Based on her own arrangements of hand-picked and dried wildflowers, van Eijk worked with Nodus to created a multi-textural design featuring a mix hand-knotted materials—natural silk, banana fiber silk, bamboo silk and linen. Each piece took 4 months to produce.
The irregularly shaped animals, "Monkey" and "Rooster" by Estudio Campana, are extreme, hyperreal wall tapestries. We reported on "Circus," their 2010 collaboration with Nodus weaving rag dolls into a hand-knotted hemp rug. This time, the Brazilian brothers have created another highly technical piece that challenges the traditional notions of floor and wall coverings.
Giulio Iaccheti's "Knockout"