Two new upholstery fabrics launch under collaboration

Danish textile company Kvadrat has announced the launch of two new upholstery fabrics under a new collaboration with designer Raf Simons.

Since the first collaboration in 2014, Kvadrat and Raf Simons have explored upholstery fabrics by combining Raf Simons’ singular visual aesthetic with Kvadrat’s technical know-how.

With a lightness of touch and expertise, Raf Simons and Kvadrat transform natural materials such as wool, linen and viscose into textiles that capture the shine of fur or the matte appearance of a heavy woollen knit.

The two new upholstery fabrics – Helia and Silas – are added to the collection alongside already established Sunniva 3, which has received a colour update, while three cushions in Silas have also been added to the accessories collection.

Commenting on its latest collaboration, Raf Simons said: “I was fascinated by how the colouration and weaving processes in fashion textiles don’t have the same limitations as those of furnishing textiles.

“Working with Kvadrat, we’ve been translating the subtle colouration and texture that you’d find perhaps in a tweed or bouclé into textiles suitable for use in furniture. Because of the dense weave that is needed for furniture, the colouration becomes even more interesting, with almost a painterly impact.”