Stepping out of Dries Van Noten’s Antwerp atelier and onto our radar, we love the expressive use of fibre and colour of Christoph Hefti’s hand-knotted rugs.
May 27th, 2021
There’s a decided intrigue about boundary-crossing designers, in any case. One of our more exotic discoveries of late has been that of high-end fashion-turned-rug designer, Christoph Hefti. His curriculum virtue may come star-studded, endowed with references from the likes of iconic fashion designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten; but at heart Hefti is a tactile man, with a love for textiles, colour, and craftsmanship.
As his creative career enters the fourth dimension – that is, rug design – and we welcome him into the widespread arms of architecture and design, we thought we ought to get to know Christoph Hefti, his creative practice and inspirations a little more. Here’s what he shared:
Christoph Hefti: I design hand knotted rugs that I develop and produce in Nepal. The technique is traditional from tibet, the design contemporary, so I work in close exchange with small ateliers in the Kathmandu Valley. As I have always been a textile designer, I feel free to add printed curtains and other objects to my rugs. And apart from that, I still work as a textile designer in fashion.
I was looking for an alternative medium to fashion. I have been working in fashion for a very long time. But I wanted to stay in textile, expand and deepen my knowledge within that field. To design rugs came naturally to me. It felt exciting and “right” to realise that my ideas could become rugs. And deep down I wanted to do something that is entirely under my control, with my name and my decisions.
It feels liberating and rich to think of designing a huge piece of textile on the floor, that tells the owner(s) a story, and this not just for a season but for the next 200 years! And it feels nicely demanding too; the long process of making and of existence, the financial investment and the huge history that sits in the tradition of rug making. I experience every rug as an adventure, taking me creatively on a long journey. Yes, and I love the exchange with the craftspeople in Nepal. It really feels like one inspires the other and vice versa.
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