At ICFF: Anne Kyyro Quinn’s Tactile Textiles

The winner of ICFF’s Best New Designer Award in 2003, Anne Kyyrö Quinn is still playing with fabric, molding linen and wool felt into three-dimensional textiles that eschew smooth surfaces. Her contemporary textiles are hand-cut, hand-sewn, and hand-finished, which is seemingly the only way possible to sculpt her designs into being.

Flower Cushion. Designed by Anne Kyyrö Quinn.

“Designed to harmonize timelessly with any setting,” her line of interior textiles is based on a set number of patterns—essentially, a formula for manipulating fabric into sculptural elements. From circles to targets, twists to loops, these designs transform fabric into a sensual, tactile experience. And while we normally associate textiles with touch, Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s creations intensify the somatic sensation exponentially. Fabrics undulate, burrow, and dance, inviting fingers to trace the patterns. These textiles reinvigorate organic shapes, translating Scandinavian simplicity into kinetic weavings. In fact, they might very well be used to treat those suffering from an inability to feel, perhaps replacing anesthesia with paresthesia… do you feel a tingle yet?

From larger pieces like wall panels, blinds, and throws to smaller objects like cushions, bags, and place mats, Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s textiles transform ornamentation and accessories into art. The Flower Cushion blooms with perspective; the Cable Lights swim with luminosity; the Floor Cushions erupt in loops—all of which justifies Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s explication of her work : “As we merge twenty-first century design with textures inspired by the natural world, our products bridge the gulf between the urban interior and the natural landscape.”

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