In an industry which is saturated with products, it is of great importance to me as a textiledesigner, to be able to justify the relevance of the products I am developing.
Therefore, I used theories from the books Aesthetic Sustainability by Kristine Harper and Start With Why by Simon Sinek, to argue for my choices in creating a machine knitted textile for Rikke Frost, who gave me feedback during the project.
Through detailed textile tests and evaluations, I have created a textile consisting of three different knitted constructions, which later can be integrated in a 3D-knitted seat for the chair.
For this we need help from the industry, and therefore the chair has not been fully developed and published yet. So, we can not yet show pictures of the prototype, but instead I show some of the textile samples below.
You can read more about Rikke Frost Studio here.
Rikke Frost Studio wanted a 3D knitted textile that can function as both backrest and seat in one piece, which must hang freely from a metal frame, and therefore can hold a person in itself. This was the starting point for a long series of textile studies with several challenges, requirements and expectations.
I worked both with knitting construction, color and material selection. Along the way, I showed my samples to Rikke Frost, who was thus part of the opt-in and opt-out process. In the end, I submitted my design proposals for the textile's surface, construction, material and color.
Rikke forwarded my technical drawings to a possible production partner. The chair has not yet been put into production, and therefore images of the prototype may not be published.