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Textile Spotlight: Fabrics Inspired by Sculpture and Sound by Nick Cave for Knoll

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Textile Spotlight: Fabrics Inspired by Sculpture and Sound by Nick Cave for Knoll

January 31, 2023

Spotted recently: a new collection of textiles for Knoll by Nick Cave, the Missouri-born designer who “works across both the visual and performing arts, tapping various media including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance,” according to Knoll.

Cave (not to be confused with the Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave) is everywhere these days, including the exhibit Forothermore, which extends across three floors at the Guggenheim in NYC (going on now through April 10). “Throughout his practice, Cave has created spaces of memorial in which his audiences confront the urgent issues of race, social justice, and identity politics in the United States,” Knoll’s bio reads. “In his work, Cave reminds us that along with despair, there remains the opportunity for hope and renewal.”

Have a look at a few of our favorite designs from the new collection.

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Above: Cave with his Button fabric for Knoll. “Perhaps best known for his Soundsuits, Cave creates dimension in textiles by layering, rearranging, and transforming everyday objects such as beads, doilies, sequins, and synthetic hair into material and sociopolitical representations,” reports Knoll. Cave scours antique and flea markets across the US “to source one-of-a-kind objects for use in his artworks.”

Above: We particularly like the retro-feeling Guise design, “created by intricately layering multiple techniques and material” and available in Champagne, Greenhouse, Indigo, Flint, and Rose (shown at right).

Above: The Vert design is inspired by Cave’s installation called Architectural Forest and celebrates “perfection and imperfection” in its striations. It’s available in Bamboo (shown at left), Terrain, and Garden.

For much more, head to Nick Cave x Knoll Textiles.

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