Knit! showcases the amazing creativity of 28 talented designers, interpreting the knitted textile collection by Kvadrat Febrik in their creations. Each piece is presented in our headquarters in Ebeltoft, Denmark.
Kvadrat Febrik’s knitted textiles are three-dimensional constructions with form-shaping abilities that open up a world of material possibilities. They provide the perfect canvas for the designers to push the boundaries of what can be achieved within their respective disciplines.
Knit! is the fourth edition of Kvadrat’s Design Projects. This programme was born out of a desire to inspire people to use textiles in new and surprising ways, and to create a stage for designers to show their talent to a global audience. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this edition debuted both digitally, taking into account the restrictions on international travel, and physically, during 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen, and not during Salone del Mobile in Milan as planned.
Meet the curators
The designers have been chosen from across the world to create pieces with Kvadrat Febrik textiles as the protagonist. Selected by curators Anniina Koivu, Jeffrey Bernett, Johanna Agerman Ross, Njusja de Gier, and Renee Merckx, each designer was picked for their curiosity in experimenting with materials, form and colour, with many operating on the border between industrial design and craft.
Selected Julie Richoz, Zaven, Camille Blatrix and Joschua Brunn (Carmine Brown), Giulia Chéhab, Michel Charlot for Knit!.
Anniina Koivu is a design writer, curator, consultant and teacher based between Milan and Lausanne. Originally from Finland, she studied architecture in Venice and Helsinki before joining Abitare as design editor, and later Vitra as director of research. Koivu works across a number of fields, from curation to art direction and product development. Recent projects include U-Joints, an ongoing research and exhibition series which premiered at the Salone del Mobile in 2018; Tehdas-Fabrik-Factory, an exhibition exploring design production at the 2019 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale; and Fuori catalogo, a research project looking at the reasons why a product goes out of production, based on the Vico Magistretti archive. Koivu is Head of Master Theory at ECAL in Lausanne, and regularly produces design strategies and research projects for clients such as Kvadrat, Camper, Vitra and Iittala.
Selected Ania Jaworska, Paola Sakr, Visibility, Ana Kraš and Objects of Common Interest for Knit!.
Jeffrey Bernett was born in Illinois and studied design at Parnham College in the United Kingdom, before founding the design firm CDS in New York in 1995. He presented CDS’s first collection, Ideas for Production, at the 1996 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, and was awarded the top honour, the Editor’s Award for Best of Show. Since then, the firm has gone on to win a number of awards and prizes, with work spanning several disciplines: residential and office furniture, household products, lighting, industrial packaging, transportation design, communication and graphic design, and interior architecture. Bernett has worked with a range of furniture brands, including B&B Italia, Boffi, Cappellini and Ligne Roset. Other clients include BMW, Boeing, Condé Nast, Mercedes Benz, Michael Kors and Northwest Airlines/Delta.
Selected Ayzit Bostan, Bahraini — Danish, Faysal Tabbarah (Architecture + Other Things), Maria Blaisse and Bin Xu and Yinka Ilori for Knit!.
Johanna Agerman Ross is an editor, curator and design historian. She is the Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and is also the founder and director of the quarterly design journal Disegno. She was Disegno’s editor-in-chief and publisher between 2011 and 2016, having previously worked as an editor at Icon magazine. Originally from Sweden, Agerman Ross moved to London to study at the London College of Fashion and the Royal College of Art, and has now made the city her permanent home. She lectures widely and has taught at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in the UK; guest-lectured at HEAD Genève and been part of crits at ECAL in Switzerland, Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the United States.
Njusja de Gier
Selected Elaine Yan Ling Ng / The Fabrick Lab, Studio Akane Moriyama, Adam Goodrum Studio, Marie Sloth Rousing, Benja Harney, Shigeki Fujishiro, Malmö Upcycling Service, Lim + Lu and Wataru Kumano for Knit!.
Njusja de Gier is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at the Kvadrat Group. In her role, she is responsible for all global marketing and branding of Kvadrat’s eight brands: Kvadrat, Kvadrat/Raf Simons, Kvadrat Febrik, Kinnasand, Kvadrat Soft Cells, Kvadrat Shade, Sahco and Really. She has been a driving force behind Kvadrat’s design and art projects, including Textile Field (2011), Hallingdal 65 (2012), The Dwelling Lab (2013), Blue is Divine (2014), My Canvas (2016), and publications including Interwoven (2013), Your Glacial Expectations (2015), Daily Flower Report (2019) and Kvadrat’s online magazine Interwoven. Before joining Kvadrat in 2008, Njusja held positions at Wibroe Duckert & Partners, MTV, and Proctor & Gamble. She holds an MBA from Erasmus University/ Rotterdam School of Management and a masters from Nyenrode Business University.
Selected Studio Bertjan Pot, Raw Color, Studio Truly Truly and Léa Baert for Knit!.
Renee Merckx is the creative director of the knitted textiles company Febrik, which she co-founded with her partner Jos Pelders in 2013. After graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 1995, she worked as a textile designer for several textile companies and manufacturers. Merckx eventually focused her efforts on knitting, and began to create ground-breaking upholstery textiles with the help of the latest 3D-knitting technologies. These experiments culminated in the launch of Febrik, whose textiles soon ended up on furniture from brands such as Moroso, Ligne Roset and Moooi. Febrik was acquired by Kvadrat in 2018, a move that Merckx welcomed as a major acknowledgement of her work in the field of innovative textile production and design.
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 high-performance, design textiles, rugs, acoustic and window covering solutions for both commercial and residential interiors.
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.More about Kvadrat
About Kvadrat Febrik
Kvadrat Febrik’s versatile collection, innovative approach and collaborative attitude inspires designers and architects to consider textiles as a starting point for interior concepts and industrial designs. Our knitted textiles push the boundaries of technology and creativity, and embody a visionary new approach to the world of upholstery. They are created with celebrated talents such as Bertjan Pot, Anderssen & Voll and Raw Color.
Established in 2013, Febrik is today owned by Kvadrat, a leader in design innovation. By pooling ideas, yarn expertise and logistical strength, we bring a groundbreaking proposition to the field of textile innovation. In doing so, we create pioneering designs characterised by aesthetic and functional excellence.More about Kvadrat Febrik
About our HQ
Kvadrat’s headquarters were commissioned from architects Poulsen & Therkildsen of Aarhus in 1980. They created a workplace that embodies the Kvadrat philosophy, fusing architecture and topography with art and design. In 2017, London-based architecture studio SevilPeach redesigned Kvadrat’s head office, creating visual connections with the surrounding landscape throughout the complex.
In the redesign, SevilPeach studio sought to unlock the potential of the building to help the site better reflect the company’s global image, while at the same time enhancing the working experience on site.