Harmony from contrasts
London designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien were the guests of honor at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair. We met Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien in their self-designed exhibition pavilion at the fair.
Jaali is an architectural woollen upholstery textile designed by Doshi Levien, which fuses pattern and texture to intriguing effect. Viewed from close-up, it reveals a fine net-like grid of hexagonal shapes. However, when seen from a distance, this pattern takes on the expression of a textured structure. Named after the Hindi word for net or grid, Jaali is constructed with two unicoloured yarns. The contrast between the lighter, tone-on-tone yarns used for the pattern and the smooth, flat surface creates a three-dimensional play of light and shadow. Curiously, this infuses the textile with both lightness and depth.
Though directionless, the drop-like shapes of Jaali’s pattern add another dimension to the design. They unite to create a subtle sense of weight and graphic movement.
Jaali comes in 20 colourways, carefully selected from 1500 woven samples. To develop these, Doshi Levien took the colour scales of Lila and Raas – two other textiles they have designed for Kvadrat – as a starting point. To complete the palette, the designers set about crafting fresh, unexpected coloured neutrals.
Nipa Doshi: “We wanted to add colours that bring something
new to the Kvadrat collection, but without being loud or dominant.
We want people to use the colours that we create, which is why
we introduce them slowly, in a subtle way.”
Jaali combines particularly well with Lila and Raas, but also
works well with the other textiles in the Kvadrat collection. It is
suitable for public and private spaces.
|Fabric width||to 160 cm|
polymide / nylon (PA)
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