The Wool Parade by Doshi Levien

London, 2012

Acclaimed design studio Doshi Levien has created a playful installation that combines Kvadrat textiles to highlight the unique qualities of wool. The Wool Parade consists of 12 upholstered objects, which are inspired by the avant-garde parties and architectural theatre costumes from the early Bauhaus period.

The objects have a peculiar and ambiguous form. Whilst each one has a very individual character, together they are reminiscent of marionettes in a parade: all are upholstered in an irreverent and bold combination of woollen fabrics, associated with costumes and the theatre: Hallingdal 65, Divina MD, Divina, Molly, Steelcut Trio, Remix and Willow.

The way these textiles have been used by Doshi Levien highlights some of the inherent characteristics of wool, which make it an ideal material for upholstery: beautiful colour richness, excellent elasticity and a taut, elegant expression.

The Wool Parade challenges perception: for instance, several of the objects include hollow volumes that initially appear to be abstract geometric elements. Furthermore, moving around the installation, they align momentarily, providing fleeting glimpses of sartorial characters in space.

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