This roaming spirit is now reflected by our flexible and wireless existence today and a revived interest in living closer to the floor; a yearning for natural materials like straw, clay, wood and flax, but also animal fibres such as mohair collected from the noble Angora goat.
Lidewij Edelkoort explains that “Our relationship with the earth is becoming a source of inspiration and reflection for the youngest designers and decorators, giving shape to more archaic design and more tribal interiors.
In 2012, it has invited Lidewij Edelkoort to revive a production process called "gaufrage", embossing its velvets with a hot cylinder walses in a range of ten motifs.
Edelkoort has delved into an extensive archive of these copper cylinders — some dating back to the 1920s — all salvaged by Schellens from a Dutch factory just before it was about to be discarded.
These contemporary and appealing patterns have been re-released by Schellens and used to upholster furniture by the renowned Parisian retailer Caravane for Mohair South Africa's stand at Maison & Objet (Ethnic Chic stand #B48-C47, September 7 - 11, 2012).
to some anthropological studies, the mohair carpets made by indigenous Anatolian and Kurdish tribes are among the most primitive knotted weaves.
Other mohair products by Adéle’s Mohair, Cape Tweed, cowgirlblues, Heritage Weavers, Hinterveld and Mungo Designs will be on show.
Schellens thus continues to develop new fabrics independently, as a source of inspiration for its clients, and in partnership with them.Edelkoort has designed a mohair colour forecast of deep hues for the nomadic interior (which can be downloaded below): a sandy neutral, cumin green, camel brown and an important new henna.Bright accents such as Jaffa orange, Persian saffron, mustard green and turquoise blue will show how intense mohair's saturation can become, contrasted by jet black and slate grey.Deep blood reds will accent these neutrals and are especially handy for savvy accessories. In a wild expression of our collective creative survival instincts, people will rediscover the beauty of one-of-a-kind creations made from yarn, fringe, crochet, patchwork, embroidery and hand-knit pieces. Knitting, breading, fringing and pom-pom making are now seen in all cultural spheres, from art to design to fashion to amateurs, and even in public space where guerilla knitters make lively temporary knit interventions. With a hint of surrealism and humor, the trends of the future will literally dig deep into ourselves for inspiration; the human body and the soul.