Layers is an upholstery textile collection designed by the acclaimed Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius in collaboration with Maharam, Kvadrat’s international partner.
Inspired to create textiles that yield varying effects when viewed from different angles, Hella Jongerius and the Maharam Design Studio conducted trials with various techniques.
The collection consists of three patterns: Layers Garden, Layers Park and Layers Vineyard, available in a combination of single and double layer variations.
Wool felt, the foundation of Layers, provides a neutral textural complement to the intricate needlework of the single layer textiles. On the double layer variations, hand cutting creates windows of patterns that reveal an underlying layer of tonal or contrasting wool felt.
The individual patterns of Layers recall landscapes: the plain view of Layers Garden, the architectural framework of Layers Park and the irregular grid of circles of Layers Vineyard.
Hella Jongerius and her early work for Droog, the Dutch design collaborative, have stood out in the world of product design for over a decade. Her work ranges from one-offs and limited editions to industrial products for consumers, such as her work for Vitra, Nymphenburg and Ikea. Recently, the designer collaborated with the Japanese firm Cibone to create a series of plates using artisanal enameling techniques on copper.
Hella Jongerius manipulates ancient craft techniques and modern technology to yield their ultimate potential. Her designs are typified by contextual twists, historical archetypes, and by transformations from old to new.