Blocks and Grid by Scholten & Baijings for Maharam
The Amsterdam-based studio have applied their trademark minimal forms, simple geometric patterning and acute sense of color to a line of upholstery fabrics for Maraham.
In response to Maharam's open brief for an upholstery textile, Scholten & Baijings embarked on an investigation of modern approaches to color blocking. To allow for a nuanced exploration of this concept, they decided to develop two large-scale compositions based on the ten yards typically required to upholster a sofa.
The resulting textiles, Blocks and Grid, both have massive 27.5′ repeats.
Working at this scale presented many challenges. Blocks and Grid had to succeed both as freestanding designs and in application. According to Carole Baijings, "In a Mondrian painting, the composition fits perfectly within the parameters of the canvas. Making a composition for an upholstery fabric calls for an entirely different approach."
Throughout the development process, Scholten & Baijings assessed the efficacy of their designs on numerous scale models. As Stefan Scholten explains, "This obviously took a lot of working out, because a nine-meter piece of fabric that shows the whole repeat has to be just as interesting as a single meter of fabric."
Importantly, Blocks and Grid were designed to combine seamlessly, enabling the creation of a new visual effect with each application.
Both textiles are an exploration of color perception translated into woven wool. While Blocks features subtle colors lightly juxtaposed or overlapped to create effects of depth and transparency, Grid is an investigation into color densities built up by parallel and perpendicular lines. In Stefan Scholten's words, "The density of the grid determines how one experiences color and gives the color a more airy appearance than a monochromatic color plane."
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About the manufacturer: Recognized for its rigorous and holistic commitment to design, Maharam offers a comprehensive collection of textiles for commercial and residential interiors. Maharam is a fourth-generation American family business founded in 1902 by Louis Maharam, a Russian immigrant.