A brilliant example of how a unique inspiration translates into a beautiful collection, Natural Curiosities has its origin in Wunderkammers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Otherwise known as cabinets of wonder, these collections of natural history objects ranged from birds to rocks, corals to antiquities. Designer David Rockwell drew inspiration from these miniature museums to create the intriguing line of 27 field, corridor, and rug patterns.
Hospitality Carpet Inspired by Cabinet of Wonders
The second collaboration between Rockwell and Shaw, Natural Curiosities celebrates nature in all its wonder-from the patterns of a bird feather to the decorations on a butterfly wing. By taking "a micro view of our world," Rockwell was able to make "the ordinary truly extraordinary."
Many of the patterns in Natural Curiosities alter the scale of a natural detail to such a degree that it results in a process of defamiliarization for the viewer. This effect makes the carpets spectacular. From the play of light and shadow in Flight Rug to the abstraction and texture of Ruffled Feathers, the results are captivating. They make us look anew at something we see everyday.
Natural Curiosities uses various manufacturing techniques to achieve its aesthetic, including dye-injected print, tufted and CYP (computerized yarn placement). Rockwell's collection is sure to make people look twice at hospitality projects and public spaces.
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