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.
Both Lila and Raas combine two voluminous unicoloured yarns: a regular yarn in the weft and an irregularly textured slub yarn in the warp. This gives them a tactile, lively surface that has a bouclé feel and the cool touch of linen.
Though the textiles share the same construction and combine well, they are markedly individual. Whereas Raas is densely woven with a precise gridded expression that is balanced by the slight irregularity of a slub yarn, Lila has an ikat-like, striated pattern and a more relaxed character. Inspired by the commonalities of outwardly contrasting worlds – Royal Indian miniature paintings, glazed Chinese ceramics and Modernist paintings – the sensual colour concept for the textiles comprises natural, deep tone-ontone colours and subtle combinations, which unite to create intriguing new hues. The names of the fabrics, which are derived from Hindu mythology, reflect this. Lila means ‘play’ or ‘dance’ while Raas refers to ‘aesthetics’ and ‘feelings’.
Often designed in pairs, the colours for Lila and Raas are unusual and surprising. Under closer inspection, the textiles reveal nuances that challenge initial perceptions, as well as eye-catching, unexpected details.
To realise their vision, Doshi Levien mixed more than 100 gouache colours by hand, then hand-painted them onto samples. These were used as reference in production to dye the yarn with great accuracy – resulting in sophisticated, elegant colours that cannot be found in any existing colour systems.
Durable Lila and Raas are suited to private and public
spaces alike. They work together well, opening possibilities
for combination in an interior, or on a single piece of
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