The Heimtextil soft furnishings trade fair is a massive event for all designers, manufacturers, merchants and lovers of textiles. It serves as a space for negotiating contracts and is a showcase for trends and a source of inspiration. AAAD’s Studio of Textile Design, under the leadership of Jitka Škopová, is presenting itself for the seventh time at the show in the student design section - Campus Heimtextil - exhibiting work on the theme Textile Architecture, Modern Nomads, Alternative Housing and Ecology.
Alongside traditional techniques, the Studio of Textile Design has long been concerned with experimentation and seeking new ways of utilising various materials. It proves that this field penetrates into many areas of life and technology and does not always have to be restricted to traditional fabric fibres and processes. Simultaneously, the studio respects in its approach the needs for sustainable development and ecology.
The long-term philosophy and work of the studio is clearly reflected also in the theme for this year’s Heimtextil, in which it will present five projects developed in collaboration with the Czech manufacturer Svitap J.H.J. spol. s.r.o.
At the outset, the students posed themselves the question “What is textile architecture, or what should it be in the context of the century we live in?” They concerned themselves with robotic approaches in the manufacture of textiles and created studies into textile bridges, large-area membranes capable of holding water in the landscape and a vision of the church of the 21st century, which is a place for us to come to a halt. This idea is best reflected in the project by Max Lipovský, Absence. It addresses the lack of spirituality in our society and is inspired by the rediscovery of a sacred place where an ecclesiastical building once stood – the no longer existing small island on the Vltava River under Charles Bridge, which was totally destroyed by floods in 1785. In its place he designed a floating inflated object, a new conical chapel that connects the water surface with the heavens.
Blanka Urbanová’s project Platonic Solids is based on the precise rules of sacred geometry and Platonic bodies – specifically the icosahedron, representing the element of water. Icosahedrons are here the fundamental structural elements of a piece of architecture intended to serve as a meeting place. The pavilion is designed as a structure stretched robotically with fibres made from molten PET.
The building designs do not focus only on people, as can be seen from Architecture for Salad by Aneta Dvořáková. For various small plants she designed little mobile sheet-plastic greenhouses, derived from the Japanese art of paper-folding, origami. These PVC greenhouses can by produced cheaply, and allow simple ventilation and anchoring in the earth. Thanks to their construction, they can be easily folded and stored.
Eliška Vaňková presents her Alternative Shelter, made from tent canvas impregnated on both sides. For greater firmness, the material is given coats of acrylic compounds that give it a more firm surface and simultaneously create an original painting on the surface.
Refuge in the Landscape is the theme of Alžběta Prouzová’s piece – a small building that can be hung between trees. The simple shape of the object is inspired the structures of snow. The chosen textile can be pierced and perforated very well without running. Thanks to this structure, the object does not hold water and can remain outdoors for a long time without demanding maintenance.
The presentation at the Heimtextil fair will not focus only on the aforementioned projects. The exhibition is enlivened by a material quiz, which was very successful at the studio’s Experimental Materials and Textile exhibition at last year’s London Design Festival. The revived quiz will be competitive.
The show will also present the new publication Experiment Textile and Materials, which maps more than thirty experimental projects by students of the Studio of Textile Design that defy common perceptions of textiles. The book is divided into six sections according to method and the areas of use of materials – local materials, waste, service materials (i.e. textile as a component of design and technology), textile and architecture, new materials and finally visionary concepts and ideas.
In the competitive section Young Creations Award, the Studio of Textile Design will be represented by Aneta Dvořáková with her project Ripping. Aneta was shortlisted and with other 20 contestants will be competing for this prestigious prize.
List of exhibitors:
Max Lipovský / Absence
Blanka Urbanová / Platonic Solids
Aneta Dvořáková / Architecture for Salad
Eliška Vaňková / Alternative Shelter
Alžběta Prouzová / Refuge in the Landscape
Exhibition curator: Jitka Škopová
Architectural layout: Jitka Škopová
Graphic design: Petr Hrůza