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Fungi-inspired Carpets by Freijsen

Courtesy of Lizan Freijsen

Dutch designer Lizan Freijsen photographs the fungi patches and water leak stains others usually find ugly and turns them into pattern sources for her tapestry and textile creations. After seven years of collaboration with Hester Onijs & Karen Zeedijk of the Textile Museum in Tilburg (2009-2016), Freijsen saw her patterns translated into handmade carpets and blankets.

She presented the blankets and “lichens” that were woven at the Textile Museum in Tilburg, along with Maintain a Stain, which is a photographic study of decay and time, at Salone del Mobile 2016. The book tells the story of everyday chemical processes that people observe unconsciously.

“The archive on stains is now called Research on the spot and part of the book The Living Surface, published by Jap Sam Books and designed by Studio Renate Boere. It will be released in January 2017,” Freijsen told ArchiExpo e-magazine.

Stains are images created by nature, which Freijsen regards as objets trouvés. An installation with her latest works is on show in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, from December 22, 2016 until May 14, 2017, where there will be a book presentation on the January 22, 2017. She will also present her book with an edition of small carpets and ceramics at the exhibition OBJECT in Rotterdam February 10-12, 2017.


About the Author

Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod'Art International in Paris, France and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide. A frequent contributor to ArchiExpo e-magazine, she also writes for top luxury travel blog LuxeInACity.

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