For the third year, Danish textile brand Kvadrat presented an exhibition that brought together works by 19 up-and-coming and established designers from around the world. My Canvas explores the use of a Kvadrat favorite – Canvas – an upholstery textile created by Italian master colorist Giulio Ridolfo. The fabric is known for its “shimmering color nuances, delicate contrasts and elegant structure” and with a new color palette referencing the landscapes of Skagen, Denmark, the designers were set free to design pieces with it. The finished designs were presented at this year’s London Design Festival at Somerset House, the perfect backdrop for the colorful exhibition.
The My Canvas exhibition was curated by Constance Rubini, Hans Meier-Aichen, Jeffrey Bernett, Yves Marbrier, and Njusja de Gier, who selected designers including: Zeitguised (Germany), BCXSY (The Netherlands), Maria Jeglinska (Poland), Felipe Ribon (France), Christien Meindertsma (The Netherlands), Judith Seng (Germany), YOY (Japan), Moritz Schmid (Switzerland), Cheng-Tsung Feng (Taiwan), Max Lipsey (The Netherlands), GamFratesi (Denmark), Mimi Jung (USA), Chen Williams (USA), Jonathan Muecke (USA), Teruhiro Yanagihara (Japan), Kate Chung Design (China), Studio Stabil (Germany), and Butternutten AG (Germany).
From designer and curator Jeffrey Bernett:
In this sometimes-chaotic moment, we look to people who can lead culture to make sense of competing points of view, and to show us a way – or ways – forward. The Canvas project, as a whole, displays kaleidoscopic creativity, reflecting the diversity of the group based on cultural vision. It is a testament to what happens when you present talent with a provocative opportunity, a blank canvas.