Structures, Milan

Designed by: Studio Greiling, Berlin
For client: Kinnasand Floor area: 50.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Best Use of Colour

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Colourful STRUCTURES benches, ottomans, daybeds and long-arms, made from powder coated steel tubes, combined with Kinnasand rugs and curtains Kinnasand Showroom, Corso Monforte 15, IT-20122 Milan

About the Project

The airy, aesthetically pure flagship Kinnasand showroom in Milan, designed by acclaimed architect Toyo Ito, was hosting an inspirational collaboration between Berlin-based Studio Greiling and Kinnasand Lab. STRUCTURES offered a thought-provoking colour exploration into the experience of rugs and furniture.

Comprising a series of benches, ottomans and daybeds made from colourful powder-coated steel tubes, STRUCTURES is a dialog between the flat and the elevated surface. Architectural steel tube elements are lifting the rug from the floor, reconfiguring the flat surface into furniture.

STRUCTURES featured the rugs Kelim, Zenit, and Harvest out of the Kinnasand collection. Each rug is crafted by hand using the traditional rug making techniques Persian Knot, Tibetan Knot and Kelim flatweave.

The space is divided into rhythmic areas with Longarm Very Long, a structure holding up Kinnasand’s curtain fabrics. The arrangement, inspired by Japanese entrance doors uses these fabrics to hide parts of the showroom, yet translucent through the delicate quality and patterns. In stark contrast to the lightweight textiles, with stones as solid counter weight.

Katrin Greiling: ‘Creating this limited series of furniture for the Kinnasand Lab project, I aimed to bring the textures and richness of the rugs closer to the hands and body, enabling visitors to the Kinnasand stand to experience the character of each individual rug.

What’s unique about it

Elevation and awareness – those were two of Katrin Greiling’s key words, when starting the creative process for developing a mindful experience of the Kinnasand portfolio of rugs and curtain fabrics.

Holding the sample patches of the Kinnasand rug collection in her hands, she realized she wanted to pass on the same experience to the audience. Her goal was to highlight an appreciation for the hand-made products and the labor-intensive process that creates them by putting visitors in direct contact with the rich qualities.

With this installation Katrin Greiling tried to pass on an idea on how material differences can elevate the total experience in a positive direction, playing with expectations and surprising through choices of colour, material and display.

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Colourful STRUCTURES bench and daybed, made from powder coated steel tubes, combined with Kinnasand rugs Kinnasand Showroom, Corso Monforte 15, IT-20122 Milan

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Colourful STRUCTURES bench and long-arm, made from powder coated steel tubes, combined with Kinnasand rugs and curtains Kinnasand Showroom, Corso Monforte 15, IT-20122 Milan

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© Matteo Girola

Colourful STRUCTURES ottomans and daybed, made from powder coated steel tubes, combined with Kinnasand rugs Kinnasand Showroom, Corso Monforte 15, IT-20122 Milan

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© Matteo Girola

Colourful STRUCTURES benches, ottomans, daybed and long-arm, made from powder coated steel tubes, combined with Kinnasand rugs and curtains Kinnasand Showroom, Corso Monforte 15, IT-20122 Milan

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Showroom entrance with colourful STRUCTURES benches, ottomans, daybeds and long-arms, combined with Kinnasand rugs and curtains Kinnasand Showroom, Corso Monforte 15, IT-20122 Milan

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