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Hélène Dashorst: Ingrained Shine

Jan 25, 2017

On show at Spazio Nobile, Hélène Dashorst explains how the Looping rug is constructed from a single rope with 1,600 connection points per square metre.

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Amsterdam-based Hélène Dashorst is a master of woven fabric. Producing curtains, transparents, semi-transparents, upholstery, wallcoverings, rugs, carpets and packing solutions on commission, the textile designer has also developed self-initiated projects in various materials including horsehair, wool, raffia and metallic thread. With a vibrant palette and sense of composition, her designs result from bold experimentation. Working with the luxury rugs brand Limited Edition, Dashorst has developed numerous carpets like Metropolitan and Tribu Zen from uncommon composites. TLmag spoke to the designer about the silver qualities of Looping, also developed for the Belgian design houseLimited Edition. Constructed from a single rope, the carpet coils in various paths. As something of a technical feat, Looping features 1,600 connection points per square metre.

TLmag: What is your affinity for silver?
Hélène Dashorst: I’ve recently designed a whole range of silver accent fabrics. Silver is a sophisticated and luxurious material but offers a cool colour palette that can give a carpet a unique character and haute-couture look.

Your loop design features a silver aesthetic. What visual and functional treatment does this effect allow you to achieve?
Silver is integrated into the yarn itself. The PP filament gives the carpet a metallic patina. With no extra surface treatment to material, the elegant colour runs through and through. This is why the carpet can also be used outdoors.

Season III – Silver Edition, design & Silvano Magnone, handmade photography, Spazio Nobile, Brussels (BE), 24.11.2016-19.2.2017, www.spazionobile.com

Looping, by Hélène Dashorst, handmade carpet assembled according to traditional methods in taupe polypropylene.
Looping, by Hélène Dashorst, handmade carpet assembled according to traditional methods in taupe polypropylene.
Looping, by Hélène Dashorst, handmade carpet assembled according to traditional methods.
Looping, by Hélène Dashorst, handmade carpet assembled according to traditional methods.
Hélène Dashorst
Hélène Dashorst
Looping installation view at Silver Edition exhibition at Spazio Nobile. Photo: Jörg Bräuer
Looping installation view at Silver Edition exhibition at Spazio Nobile. Photo: Jörg Bräuer
Installation view of Silver Edition exhibition at Spazio Nobile. Photo: Jörg Bräuer
Installation view of Silver Edition exhibition at Spazio Nobile. Photo: Jörg Bräuer
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