I have been following this Dutch designer for a few years, and met her again at Dutch Design week in Eindhoven last October. I love Nicolette’s work and would like to show you her new collection of acoustic tapestries.
The exhibition during Dutch Design week showed a collection of acoustic tapestries, hand-made in Morocco and machine-made in the Netherlands.
Nicolette wanted to combine old production techniques with a modern visual feel. She wanted to work with free forms and the only way to do that is to knot the carpet herself. So she traveled to Morocco and worked closely together with a local carpet knotter studio in Sefrou. This collaboration inspired her to design a series of acoustic tapestries.
“It was wonderful working so physically, feeling the wool going through my hands. The design of the acoustic tapestries is inspired by architecture. Shaving certain parts of the carpet and working with frills creates depth and transparency. A real live trompe-l’oeuil.”
Nowadays, numerous acoustic panels are available, but most of them have rather simple shapes and colours. I like this different approach on acoustic panels.
All the tapestries, also the ones made in the Netherlands, are made of 100% wool and produced with the maximum attention to high quality, durability and efficiency. A consultancy with acoustic engineers has confirmed the effectiveness in sound absorbency of the tapestries.
upper image in black and white: made in Morocco
images via Brunklaus Amsterdam, part of text of interview Nicolette by EHI magazine