This autumn, Kvadrat/Raf Simons is releasing two cashmere products to the recently launched line
of lifestyle accessories – The Shaker system. Featuring juxtaposed colours and sartorial detailing, the cashmere throws and cushions bring a soft accent to any interior. Crafted in pure cashmere, they are super soft and warm with an artisanal rippled surface created by using dry thistles during the finishing process.
The Shaker system, is a new concept for the home, resetting how we live and creating beauty from order. A total habitat, it is a salve for a complex contemporary life. A storage system and a range of accessories honouring utility, function and rethinking materiality, and by reflecting those values bringing meaning and artistry to the home.
The accessories are edited by rooms. A distillation of need and desire and the result of an investigation by Simons and the development team into how people act and what makes them feel really at home. As Simons explains: “Originally the idea was to think about a whole house, room by room, not literally, but more a way of thinking – how do we actually live. We didn’t approach it from an aesthetic point of view, it was about function and needs and we really put ourselves into the skins of the users.”
The Kvadrat/Raf Simons cashmere collection will be available at selected retailers worldwide from October 19, 2022.
Double face cashmere throw
A pure cashmere throw, double-faced with a coat hem. Because it is double-faced the cashmere is super soft and warm with an artisanal rippled surface created by using dry thistles during the finishing process. Having made coats like throws, Raf Simons makes a throw like a coat, with sartorial detailing, juxtaposed colours and an understanding of how the body responds to being wrapped in cashmere.
Available in two colour combinations:
Off-white and black
Pink and dark green
Double face cashmere cushion
A pure cashmere cushion, double-faced with a coat hem. Because it is double-faced the cashmere is a super soft and warm with an artisanal rippled surface created by using dry thistles during the finishing process. A cushion crafted like couture with juxtaposed colours and sartorial detailing.
Available in two colour combinations:
Off-white and black
Pink and dark green
About Raf Simons
Born in Belgium in 1968, Simons studied industrial design in Genk. Inspired by the work of designers such as Martin Margiela, he moved to Antwerp, where the head of the Fashion Department at the city’s Royal Academy encouraged him to start his own label without further study. Launched in 1995, Raf Simons menswear—informed both by classic tailoring and youth culture—had a huge impact on the style of the decade.
In 2005 Simons became artistic director of the Jil Sander label, which under his tenure became known for its vital, sophisticated modernism. In 2012 he was named creative director of Dior Women, a position that he held until late in 2015. During his time as Chief Creative Officer of American fashion label Calvin Klein from 2016 to 2018, he has been awarded Designer of the Year 2017 for both his Menswear and Womenswear collections and for his Womenswear collection in 2018.
In April 2020 Simons joined the Prada brand as Co-creative Director, working in partnership with Miuccia Prada.
A passionate collector of contemporary art and modern design, Simons’ aesthetic is often informed by his admiration for art and he regularly engages in interdisciplinary collaborations.
Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in Scandinavia’s design tradition. Kvadrat continuously works to expand the aesthetic, technological, and artistic boundaries of the use of textiles through a long series of collaborations with some of the world’s best designers, architects, and artists, including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola, Pipilotti Rist, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Alfredo Häberli, Doshi Levien, Akira Minagawa, Vincent van Duysen and Peter Saville.
Art projects include amongst others: Wu Tsang at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2021), Pipilotti Rist at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (2019), Dahn Vo at the National Gallery (SMK), Copenhagen (2018), Roman Signer at the Kvadrat headquarters in Ebeltoft (2009 & 2016) Pipilotti Rist at New Museum, New York (2016); Philippe Parreno at Tate Modern, London (2016); Joana Vasconscelos, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2016); Goshka Macuga at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); Jesper Just at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Shilpa Gupta at la Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015); Günther Vogt and Olafur Eliasson at Your glacial expectations, Kvadrat Headquarters, Ebeltoft (2012); and Thomas Demand at Städel Museum’s Metzler Hall, Frankfurt (2011).
About Kvadrat/Raf Simons
The Kvadrat /Raf Simons collection brings the acclaimed designer’s exceptional sense of style to the home.
Distinguished by the innovative blending of colour and materials for which he is known in the fashion world, Raf Simons’ collection of textiles and accessories for the home is by turns sophisticated and playful, and produced to the exacting standards associated with Kvadrat. Conceived as a suite of diverse yet complementary tones, weaves and textures, the textiles and accessories are suitable for use in a wide variety of interiors, and work beautifully together in a multitude of inventive combinations.
The collaboration between Kvadrat and Raf Simons is built on a mutual appreciation for fine craftsmanship. The collection is based on materials that both reflect Kvadrat’s commitment to quality, and Raf Simons’ refined elegance.
The first Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection received its debut public airing unannounced in January 2014, in an appropriately fashionable setting. Textiles from the collection were used in Raf Simons’ highly acclaimed menswear collection in collaboration with artist Sterling Ruby. Since then, the Kvadrat/Raf Simons upholstery designs have graced the runways on more than one occasion.
Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in Scandinavia’s world-famous design tradition. A leader in design innovation, Kvadrat produces quality contemporary textiles and textile-related products for architects, designers and private consumers across the world.
Our products reflect our commitment to colour, quality, simplicity and innovation. We consistently push the aesthetic, technological and functional properties of textiles. In doing so, we collaborate with leading designers, architects and artists, including Miriam Bäckström, Raf Simons, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson,Alfredo Häberli, Akira Minagawa, Peter Saville, Roman Signer, Doshi Levien and Patricia Urquiola.
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