Design Indaba 2017: Sankara Rugs

Nkuli Mlangeni's graphically modern textiles untangle a diminishing handicraft to win the festival's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa award

Tying together the world’s artisanal past and millennial future is multidisciplinary designer Nkuli Mlangeni, who, at this year’s Design Indaba festival, took home the award for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa with her graphically modern Sankara Rugs. Mlangeni grew up in Kagiso, a township in the Gauteng Province outside of Johannesburg, but spent three years studying social innovation and entrepreneurship in Bern, Switzerland, as …

Emily Forgot’s “Neverland” Exhibition at KK Outlet Gallery, Shoreditch

Colorful, architectural assemblages and a sculptural chair rising to the sky

It’s a bold move to invoke the mythical name of Neverland. For many, it already brings substantial associations pertaining to youth and imagination. And yet, graphic artist Emily Forgot (a moniker adopted by multidisciplinary artist and designer Emily Alston) delivers upon all that is implied with her “Neverland” solo exhibition, opening Thursday at Shoreditch’s KK Outlet Gallery. Colorful, structural wooden assemblage pieces, supported by a …

Studio Visit: Maryanne Moodie

We learn more about the Brooklyn-based, Australian-born teacher-turned-weaver's process and how emotion fuels her creations

Three years ago Australian art teacher-turned-weaver Maryanne Moodie packed up her loom and moved to New York City with her husband and newborn baby to give a go at conquering the concrete jungle. That turned out to be a sound decision; the fast-paced metropolis has provided a larger network of like-minded creatives and wider visibility of her work, which takes the form of woven wall …

Marc Janssen and ICE International

From the Baccarat Hotel to generational family partnerships, how one Dutch company is redefining floor coverings, one carpet at a time

Oftentimes called “the fifth wall,” carpets play a hugely important role in interior decorating. Marc Janssen, one of the world’s foremost rug-makers, puts it simply when he says he loves “reading a newspaper and just sitting on it.” But, as an object that straddles the intimacy of furniture, the beauty of artwork and the defining role of walls, floor coverings also must withstand heaps of …