This season we have added a selection of stunning new woven fabrics and wallpapers to the existing designs within the collection. The Anni Albers collection is designed in association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
One of the most influential textile artists of the 20th century, Anni Albers, began her career at the Bauhaus, where – prevented from studying other disciplines as a woman – she took up weaving under the tutelage of Gunta Stölz. This kickstarted a lifelong passion for the tactile and aesthetic possibilities of textiles. This passion led Anni to move to the US, where she became the first textile artist to be honoured with a show at the Museum of Modern Art – and the most famous weaver of the modern age.
Black Mountain accurately represents Anni’s skill as a designer and weaver. The original work, ‘Untitled’ 1941, has a highly complex weaving pattern and combines five yarn materials: rayon, linen, cotton, wool, and jute. Refining and developing Anni’s original weave construction was the key to evolving the design, which has created this modern pattern.
The inspiration for Camino Real weave came from a preparatory study in the 1960s. Anni was commissioned to produce a wall hanging installation for the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico. Our challenge was to deconstruct the drawing and then convert it into a woven design with the same level of detail that Anni would have applied to the final work. The yarn colours were taken from the comparative picture, using the same blue tones and rich terracotta colours.
Child’s Check is inspired by ‘Rug Design for Child’s Room’, a work by Albers in 1928. It was not a completed work but a sketch, which Albers later planned to create as a textile piece. The design has been re-imagined in the brand’s house colours and tones to compliment the new collection.
Hanging 1925 is inspired by a work called ‘Wall Hanging’, created in 1925 by Albers. As the most prominent artist in the school of textiles, Albers was well known for using geometric abstraction in her weavings. The new colourways stay true to Albers’ vision and unique narrative when using colours together. The design focuses on the original work’s weave construction and rich texture.