Artist-Designed Rugs in Henzel Studio and Paddle8’s Benefit Auction

Handmade carpets that defy function will go under the hammer next week

Work from some of the world’s finest artists can be found—on carpets—in an auction running 3-17 December to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation. Swedish luxury textile house Henzel Studio is partnering with online auction house Paddle8 for the two-week event. The 20 artists who created products were encouraged to think beyond practicality. And many of the pieces do defy function—several thanks to their non-traditional shapes.

Each of the handmade rugs was created with its adjacent artist through Henzel Studio’s collaborations program—which has produced works from 25 different artists since its inception in 2014. Added to this year’s mix are artists Jonathan Horowitz, Jwan Yosef, Olaf Breuning, Bjarne Melgaard and Lawrence Weiner. But the auction also includes work from previous collaborators like Helmut LangMickalene Thomas and others. The estates of two artists also contributed to the auction: the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Tom of Finland Foundation.

By enforcing no limitations, constraints or guidelines, Henzel Studio has teased out the most exciting ideas from each artist and allowed them to express themselves freely.

Those interested can see the full collection on Henzel Studio’s website. The auction will run on Paddle8 from 3-17 December.

Images courtesy of Henzel Studio