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.
‘With Verticals’ was a cotton and linen wall hanging produced by Albers in 1946. The skill required to create the broken vertical lines within the weave is hard to fathom. It was essential to match the same scale of the vertical lines when developing the design in a new iteration. In contrast to the original work, the new design is produced in natural tones.
Triangulated Intaglios VI’ was part of Anni’s later period of works. The design was created in the 1970s and had a geometric purity that only Albers could have achieved. Emulating the same purity in a textile form was a challenge, but by increasing the scale of the design of the woven pattern, we were able to mimic the same crispness of line as found in the original work.
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.
SOLD BY THE ROLL - TOTAL ROLL LENGTH 8M ‘With Verticals’ has been interpreted as wallpaper to complement the woven offering within the collection. Inspired initially by a cotton and linen wall hanging produced by Albers in 1946, it has been printed on grasscloth to create textuality, connecting it to the original work.