Antonio Marras for Amini Carpets
Antonio Marras for Amini Carpets

One of the most awaited events of the year, the Milan Design Week, has finally arrived!
From 9 to 14, April the city of Milan was animated by international presences, which brought new and interesting points of view on the development of the contemporary design.

Also as regards the design of the carpet in the city there are unmissable stages.
Let’s start with the Tortona area!

 

  • Ein&zwanzig, world’s finest design talents, Via Tortona 31;

In the exhibition architecture created by the Milanese designer duo Studiopepe, you’ll find out the works of the 21 winners of the Ein & zwanzig contest, an international award, organized by the German Design Council, which every year sees the participation of emerging young designers.
Among the works presented, all characterized by a strong ecological accent, there is the line of fabrics “Die Form der Farbe”, created by Freia Achenbach and June Noa Gschwander.
The uniqueness of the project consists in using the new textile color technology Gridxkin, that gives the colour a body, with a specific materiality. Furthermore this technology allows to obtain fabrics characterized by abrasion resistance, slip resistance, water repellency, aspects that allow the fabric to be highly versatile.
With the help of this technology, the German designers have created a jacket, a 3D sole and above all, a carpet. The characteristics of the Gridxkin are particularly useful for the latter, giving it a sculptural appearance, but also an unbeatable functionality.

Freia Achenbach & June Noa Gschwander, Die Form der Farbe, 2019
Freia Achenbach & June Noa Gschwander, Die Form der Farbe, 2019
  • Creative Ukraine: Modern_ism, Superstudio Più;

How did Ukrainian designers approach Modernism’s tradition? And how did they incorporate this legacy into their cultural history?
There is no better way to find out than by looking at the rugs produced by the Ukrainian brand, based in Kiev, Olk Manufactory, founded by the artist Oksana Levchenya.
Olk Manufactory combines great attention to tradition, thanks to the rediscovery of ancient weaving techniques and the use of folkloristic patterns, to an openness to novelty. The result are rugs able to speak the language of tradition and modernity, in a perfect balance.

Olk Manufactory rugs
Olk Manufactory rugs
  • Nonostante Marras, Via Cola di Rienzo 8;

If you are tired of the chaos of the Fuorisalone and you are looking for an oasis of peace, Nonostante Marras is the place for you!
The Antonio Marras’s concept store is a place able to demonstrate that innovation is not only the use of sophisticated technologies, but also it can be also an attentive re-reading of tradition. Proof of this is the new collection of 13 carpets/tapestries born from the collaboration between Antonio Marras and Amini Carpets, which implicates the fusion of two cultures, the Afghan and the Sardinian one.
Starting from the traditional Afghan kilims in hand-twisted wool, weaved by Amini, Antonio Marras intervened by interpreting them as rough canvases. With the help of the embroiderers of Bitti, a village of Barbaglia, the designer applied fragments of fabrics to the “canvases”, such as the interiors of the jackets, the linings, elements usually destined to be discarded or thrown away. Instead, Antonio Marras has succeeded not only in gaving these materials a new life, but also in adding them with new meanings, thanks to the encounter with Amini and the East.

Antonio Marras for Amini Carpets
Antonio Marras for Amini Carpets

 

Ludovica Matarozzo