Article from the 2013-10-25, by Markus Abraham
In time for the cold season, Vitra presents a new wool blankets collection. Besides the high quality of the Merino lamp’s wool and in the Jacquard weaving technique processed wool blankets, these ones especially convince with the patterns designed by Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard.
Charles and Ray Eames
As well as many other architects and designers of the 20th century, Charles and Ray Eames also concentrated on the design of textiles realizing their ideas of colours, forms and material. The “Dot Pattern” emerged in cooperation with an exposition in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It displays a varying motive of crosses and spheres becoming an extensive composition and it also displays the relation to Ray Eames’ abstract paintings of the 1930s.
The two-colour patterns of the Girard wool blankets initially emerged as print motives for decorative wall panels, fabrics or cushions. In cooperation with the family Girard, some motives were now realized in Jacquard weaving techniques. This creates the additional effect of the combination of powerful and opaque colours appearing in changing compilation.
Material & quality
Vitra produces the blankets out of 100% Merino lamp’s wool, processed in Jacquard weaving technique. Merino lamp’s wool is a high quality natural fibre and comes from the first shearing of the Merino lamb. It is very weightless, especially fine, soft to be touched and it enables a perfect warmth balance. In order to process the natural material, you need a lot of technical and manual know-how. That’s the reason why the Vitra blankets are produced by a German blankets manufactory, which has more than 100 years of experience in processing natural fibre. The high quality realization of the designs demands a lot of handwork.
The wool blankets by Vitra are available from November of 2013.