Forwards, sideways, backwards
by Anna Moldenhauer | 1/25/2019
Rennes and Chainette are two sculptural, graphic curtains designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. They share the same base pattern, which was originally designed for a room divider at an exhibition of their work in Rennes, France.
While the curtains share the same pattern, they are distinctively different. Rennes features wide, diagonal and vertical, densely stitched stripes which intersect, creating eye-catching geometric forms. Where the stripes meet and overlap, shapes of varying transparency are created, which dissolve into each other.
As conditions change over the course of the day, Rennes and Chainette play with light and shadow, consistently revealing new, subtle nuances. This effect is enhanced when they are draped. Rennes and Chainette also share a handcrafted expression that is accentuated by small irregularities on their surface. For instance, for Rennes, these come from the complex construction of the pattern, which is stitched onto the base using almost 250,000 stitches per repeat.
The textiles’ colour settings consist of embroidered stripes in contrasting colour to a white or dark grey transparent base. Some colourways feature a more pronounced contrast than others. Several of the colour-settings are shared between both curtains, ensuring they work together particularly well. However, some are exclusive to either Rennes or Chainette.
shades of yellow
shades of orange
shades of blue
shades of green
shades of grey
shades of red
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