Recently I did a post about young designers whose products blew me away at the January shows. Well, they are making waves again.
I have a soft spot for needlecraft, so I was amazed by Pavlinder Nangla’s embroidered take on the global financial crisis when I first saw it at imm Cologne. Luckily loads of U.S. designers got to also view his inspiration wall hangings at ICFF.He assembles each piece from bits of scrap fabric, found objects, small toys, jewelry, and pretty much anything else interesting he sees. Palvinder uses the unique pieces as personal design inspiration for his fashion and textile design work- his mood boards that become pieces of art.
I first saw Irish designer Rachel O’Neill’s (she studied at the University of Iowa) work 2 years ago at imm Cologne as part of the British Design Students booth. Rachel creates large scale wall hangings and lighting from custom dyed velcro. Who knew?! Some combinations include feathers and metallic finishes. I loved the idea of taking a common material, in this case- velcro- and turning it into something else. The results are as you will see are completely unique and original. This year she surfaced again at ICFF with some stunning lighting concepts. Love the play on light and shadow. What designer/workroom/installer hasn’t become frustrated by a jumbled mess of velcro? Now we know what to do with it.