Integration is surely one of the favourite words of Ferid Amini, the current head of the Amini division, and a value passed down in his family from generation to generation. In every sense of the word, integration, symbolises for the company the union of different cultures, countries, experiences, skills in a mix of styles, art and creativity. Amini promotes the merger of expertise, the permeation of images and atmospheres from distant worlds, both in geographical terms and in the sense of the disciplines involved. This is why the art world, which has always esteemed the carpet as an object, is one of the most important sources of ideas for the company. Art pre-empts Zeitgeist and painting best expresses colours, shades, the most desired combinations, the most vibrant contrasts. This is the reason behind the many collaborations with internationally famous artists or less well known creative souls who interpret the extraordinary essence of the carpet to bring to life new proposals, original solutions, unique articles created for an exhibition, a performance or a gallery.

 

Woven Forms - 57th International Venice Biennale

In conjunction with the 57th International Venice Biennale, R & Company announces Woven Forms, a special exhibition that will be on view from May 10 to July 31 at Palazzo Benzon in Venice, Italy. Woven Forms presents a selection of striking limited-edition carpets designed by contemporary artists and produced in close collaboration with Amini.

Woven Forms - The Artists

Woven Forms explores the history of the carpet-making processes from India and Nepal and challenges the limits of the craft and the industry by offering some of the design world’s greatest talents the opportunity to explore their ideas within the medium of textile. The exhibition features original creations by a selection of designers: Dana Barnes, David Wiseman, Hun-Chung Lee, Katie Stout, Lluis Lleo, Renate Müller, Rogan Gregory, Thaddeus Wolfe, The Haas Brothers, Wendell Castle.

Wendell Castle

Celebrated American designer/craftsman Wendell Castle (1932-) has been creating unique pieces of handmade sculpture and furniture for over four decades. Since the outset of his career, Castle has consistently challenged the traditional boundaries of functional design and established himself as the father of the American studio furniture movement. His iconic masterpieces in wood and in Technicolor gel-coated fiberglass from the late 1960s and 1970s are fast becoming some of the most important and coveted examples of 20th century design.

The Haas Brothers

The Haas Brothers, twins Nikolai and Simon (b. 1984), had a creative upbringing in Austin, Texas where their opera singer mother, actor brother and sculptor father taught them to play music, write, sing and paint. In their current works, The Haas Brothers explore aesthetic and formal themes related to nature, science fiction, sexuality, psychedelia and color theory. The Haas Brothers currently live and work in Los Angeles, California.

David Wiseman

In his studio practice, David Wiseman (b. 1981) draws upon traditions of time-honored craftsmanship and experimentation of contemporary design methods to create poetic and sculptural work spanning the spectrum of fine and decorative arts. Wiseman’s pieces offer his unique renderings of extraordinary natural phenomena, such as blossoming branches in porcelain and bronze, the tangle of a pomegranate tree’s canopy beautifully orchestrated across a ceiling, or a bird hidden in a bronze fireplace screen.

Thaddeus Wolfe

Thaddeus Wolfe creates improvisational glass sculptures and lighting meant to evoke decaying, collapsing surfaces and fantastical imagined structures. Wolfe’s works seek not only to forge a link between our current time and these past styles and ideas, but also to express the disorientation and disjointedness of modern existence. Each of Wolfe’s works is a blown-glass cast. He fabricates his own molds as part of a unique process that permits the glass to form into angular, highly textured shapes that would not otherwise be possible in the material.

Renate Müller

Renate Müller began designing and producing toys in the early 1960s as part of an endeavor launched by Helene Haeusler at the Sonneberg Technical College for Toy Design in Sonneberg, Germany. Müller, trained in toy design and working as a designer for the H. Josef Leven Company, brought Haeusler's ideas into production. In 1990, Renate Müller took over the rights to her designs and continues to hand-produce very limited quantities of the classic designs as well as new designs.

Katie Stout

Emerging designer Katie Stout (b. 1989) describes her work as "naïve pop," a caricaturization of furniture as it is traditionally understood and of the motifs of suburban domestic life. She utilizes a diverse range of media and often unexpected techniques. Her expansive body of work includes lighting, seating, shelving, mirrors, carpets and curtains. Her work is refreshingly disarming in its simultaneous sense of dark irony and the joyful celebration of childhood innocence that it evokes.

Hun-Chung Lee

Through exceptionally skilled handwork and applied layers of patina, Hun-Chung Lee transforms materials often considered cold - such as concrete and steel - into architecturally graceful, soft-edged sculptural furniture. In his magnificent, unique ceramic stools and objects, the seemingly chaotic pattern of glaze belies Lee's careful, painterly control of palette that emerges upon closer observation. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Korea and in the United States.

Lluís Lleó

Lluís Lleó (b. 1961) is a self-taught, fourth generation painter who grew up immersed in the classical history of painting from ancient times through the 20th century. As curator Pilar Parcerisas wrote, Lleó "does not apply painting to architecture, but he transforms painting into architecture". Lleó's masterful, almost playful, manipulation of form, volume and light offers the viewer a sense of discovery and wonder.

Rogan Gregory

Rogan Gregory (b. 1972) began his career in New York City as a design consultant for luxury fashion brands. His unique approach combined a sculptural perspective with the street energy of New York, filtered through his nuanced sensibility for design, architecture and science. He is inspired by the ways in which water, the elements and the continuum of time shape our world. In his process, he meditates on lines and proportion until he achieves a sense of balance, harmony and truth.

Dana Barnes

Dana Barnes Studio approaches its work with relentless hands-on experimentation of matericals, techniques and process creating textural compositions, sculptural objects and works for a contemporary urban context. Tactual, sensual qualities layered with ambiguous gesture and references to age-old tecniques inform the 3-dimensional, large scale structures. The studio’s primary focus has been fibers and textiles as a medium of limitless possibilities, and is now extending to works using wood, metal, stone and verdurous elements.

 
 
 

Hand woven by Amini

All this precious carpets are specials editions and produced in the world’s leading weaving factories in Nepal and India. Each carpet takes roughly six months to produce due to the intricacy of the pattering and the particular hand-weaving and dying methods. All carpets are made with natural wool and silk that has been delicately hand-knotted and woven to precision.

 

Design Miami/Miami 2014 - Miami Beach, Florida

In occasion of Design Miami/Miami 2014 R & Company has collaborated with Amini to produce unique and limited edition rugs designed by a curated selection of artists. The project breaks from the long-standing tradition of artists making carpets by printing a preexisting painting, drawing, or photograph on a rug. Instead, each artist has created a unique design that considers the form, material and process while simultaneously reflecting their individual styles.

Art & Limited Editions

"Collage" designed by David Wiseman for R&Company

"Collage" designed by David Wiseman for R&Company

“Se estrecha la luz” designed by Lluís Lleó for R&Company

"Animal Planet" designed by The Haas Brothers for R&Company

"Animal Planet" designed by The Haas Brothers for R&Company

 

Amini promotes the merger of expertise, the permeation of images and atmospheres from distant worlds, both in geographical terms and in the sense of the disciplines involved. This is why the art world, which has always esteemed the carpet as an object, is one of the most important sources of ideas for the company. This is the reason behind the many collaborations with internationally famous artists or less well known creative souls who interpret the extraordinary essence of the carpet to bring to life new proposals.

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