A smart and inventive collaboration today. What do you do when your carpet or rug has seen better days? Throw it out, give it away? Well the Dutch design team Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren of rENs have collaborated with Desso to produce something new from what we consider the end of a products life. The re-vive collection was launched at the Salone del Mobile this year, exciting new concepts and designs from existing materials.
Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren of rENs have developed a creative concept around using red dye to interact with materials and objects to create something unique. In their latest collaboration with Desso they are applying the red dye to out-of-date carpets, transforming them through their hand crafted red dyeing process into new and vibrant rugs.
In creating completely new and desirable artistic pieces through their red dye process, the designers are also able to demonstrate that materials need not be wasted – they can be revived. In this case, the colour red has a second meaning – signaling a warning that today too much is needlessly wasted. In a resource-constrained world, industry needs to think differently about what it throws away and how it too can revive products.
The designers giving live demonstrations of the artistic dyeing process at the Milan event, showing how each individual work provides unique new shades and effects for an individual rug.
First seven photographs(in gallery) by Lisa Klappe, other Photography Sanne Veltman