DEZEEN MAGAZINE X SOPHIE ROWLEY (2019)
MARCH 1 2019
The New Zealand born, Berlin based designer Sophie Rowley’s Bahia Denim series, stemed from her recognized Material Illusions series. The young designer, represented by Side Gallery, uses waste from the fashion industry. Draping denim offcuts over a mold, she joins the layers together using bio resin.
Once dry, the product of this process is carved to create a flat surface, revealing a marble-like- outcome, with its inevitable variations in size, shade, colour and texture. As a result, each piece is unique. The concept is named after a Brazilian blue marble, the final material outcome resembles the beautiful surfaces of the natural south American stone.
"The concept is named after a Brazilian blue marble, the final material outcome resembles the beautiful surfaces of the natural south American stone"
"By applying a set of industrial and craft processes to these waste materials, I was able to experiment until the materials took on completely new aesthetics and were almost simulating natural materials such as stone or wood," said the designer. The fabric is poetic, sculptural and light, she generates the form with a minimalistic approach yet ensures that the mesmerizing veins and inkblot, dreamscape cartographies of the material are brought firmly to the forefront. The Bahia Stool, sends the marble like material into a single, symmetrical arc, elegantly contrasting its smooth edges. The slate side tables from the series playfully illustrate the vibrancy of the layered denim.
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