Swedish designers Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren of Front explain the inspiration behind their collection of Parquet kilim rugs for GAN. The digital platform Archiproducts interviewed the designers during the 2018 edition of IMM Cologne at GAN’s stand.
The Parquet collection was originally inspired by the French word parquet, meaning a space within a space. Front developed this idea around the tessellated patterns of traditional wooden parquet flooring, blocks or squares arranged in a checkered or mosaic layout. There are three different rugs based on different geometric shapes; Tetragon, Rhomb and Hexagon.
The Parquet collection is handmade by Indian craftsmen and women, the contrast between the black geometric grids and the colourful infill patterns requires masterly skills. Front worked closely with GAN for over four years to develop Parquet, from sketches to product development and from to prototypes to finished product.
Parquet is a reversible kilim, and each of the three different versions is available in two size options.
At Cologne, GAN also displayed a matching pouf for each of the Parquet rugs. It was an exclusive preview, based on a folding of the geometric shapes to create a 3D object.