In a bid to shift the perception that textiles are used solely for upholstery, multidisciplinary designer Fransje Gimbrere has repurposed natural fibres and recycled plastic as contemporary building components. Entitled ‘Standing Textiles’, Fransje’s structures were presented during the 2017 Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.
Created using a custom-made weaving loop, the volumes are experimentally built thread by thread, and sealed with bio-resin to retain the structural shape discovered in the process. “This method creates endless possibilities in shape, material and application, giving direction within the interior, without diminishing the sense of space,” explains Fransje. As such, this method can be applied to designs with a variety of purposes, for example, as dividing walls, architectural installations and interior objects. The concept stems from Fransje’s experimental approach to material study, she explains, “The desire to bring textile into the interior in a different way than we are used to, resulted in a technique that creates fragile looking skeletons, that give the suggestion of a solid volume.” The three-dimensional structures are deceptive in appearance, seemingly delicate at first glance due to their hollowness, yet boasting a strength and sturdiness able to support the weight of themselves and the human body. Those showcased during Dutch Design Week were created using colorful synthetic yarn, offering a vibrant interpretation of Fransje’s concept. Other materials which have been repurposed include bamboo, linen and cotton.