Kiki’s Carpets

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Ceramic, glass, wood, metal, goat cheese: Kiki van Eijk can create wonderful things from any material. But as it says in the Dutch designer’s cute broken-English bio, she “got known by her famous Kiki Carpet”. These beautiful wool rugs depict traditional motifs with a digital effect and introduce my February theme: textiles.

How the wool takes shape in these rugs is great inspiration when thinking of laser-cutting felt.
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Being a fibers major myself, I’ve always found felt to be the most alienating material. Yes, it’s soft. Yes, it’s natural. Sustainable too. But felt always looks so crafty. Not at the hands of Kiki. These layered felt rugs of pixelized roses are gorgeous. They speak to the tradition of textiles but also to their futures. They are at once like forgotten cross-stitch and giant projections of low-res jpgs. To top things off, they’re functional too.

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Taking these concepts into a different direction materially is her “Brick Carpet” made for an exhibition in Rotterdam and her laser-cut stainless steel “Lace Armour” window.
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Kiki van Eijk is a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven. I’ve written about, reviewed and interviewd some amazing talents from the same school: Tord Boontje, Studio Ludens, and Alissia Melka-Teichroew. To see the rest of her work, including clocks made from goat cheese, please visit her website.

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5 Responses to “Kiki’s Carpets”

  1. Best MoCo Objects This Week | Gocontempo Design Blog Says:

    [...] + Kiki van Eijk’s Hexagon Lace rug at Ponoko Blog, a “new carpet made with traditional techniques. Completely handmade! The hexagons all together form a very geometrical lace pattern which gives a very strong and graphic effect. The colours are strong and vivid which strengthens the high-low contrast.” [...]

  2. David Says:

    Where can I buy this carpets and how mutch?

  3. Kristen Says:

    Hi David,
    Unfortunately her carpets are sold only in the Netherlands, England, Italy and Denmark. Perhaps you should contact her studio directly?

    ::Kristen

  4. joost Says:

    you can check http://www.kikiworld.nl for more info
    don’t hesitate to give a call as you’ll find there.
    the carpets are shipped worldwide….
    hope to speak to you soon.

  5. #NeoCon09 Coverage: Digital Printers « Ponoko – Blog Says:

    [...] for NeoCon textile exhibitors like Maharam, Mohawk, and Shaw to offer LED embedded felt flooring, rasterized rugs, or laser-cut leather room dividers, there were a couple of companies showcasing their digital [...]