A COLLABORATION BASED ON PLEATS HAS
GIVEN WAY TO A NEW SERIES OF MUST-HAVE LAMPS
The exhibition L’art plissé, a collaboration between design studio Folkform and fashion designer and artist Roland Hjort, opened at Bar Brillo in Stockholm in October and has extended its show time until early next year. Focusing on the art of pleating, Folkform presents a brand new series of table lamps inspired by pleated fashion garments, alongside the artwork of friend and long term collaborator Roland Hjort. Some of Hjorts artworks are framed pleated, and some of the artwork has found its way to Folkforms lamps.
“We have never worked with textiles in our lighting design before,” says Anna Lovisa Holmquist, who co-founded Folkform together with Chandra Ahlsell in 2005. “But the collaboration with Hjort became an opportunity to draw inspiration from each other’s artistry and materials.”
The art and-design duo Folkform was founded in 2005 and consists of Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell.
Hanna Nova Beatrice
Mike Karlsson Lundgren
The collection of pleated lamps consists of five different shapes with monochrome pleated textile or pleated textile made of Hjorts artwork. A thin steel wire frame carries the construction behind the textile, giving the impression the textile stands on its own, almost monolithic. The folds of the pleats are made by upholsterer Sara Lindqvist in Stockholm. The play with different patterns and colors on the five different table lamps shows the endless possibilities and expressions of the collection, something Hjort and Folkform are going to continue to explore in 2021.
“Many of my artworks depict surrealist shapes morphing in different spaces,” explains Hjort. “With this collaboration, it seems appropriate that they can become part of an interior in the form of Folkfom’s table lamps.”
L’art plissé is an exhibition showing the power of collaborating between the genres, something Folkform and Hjort aims to continue to explore.
The Plisse lamp collection by Folkform is a new series consisting of five different table lamps in a variety of different colours and textile artworks. They don’t have a producer as in yet.
Roland Hjort was one of the co-founders of the Swedish clothing brand Whyred in 1999, and served as its chief designer for more than 20 years. Folkform was founded in 2005 and is run by Chandra Ahlsell and Anna Holmquist. They first collaborated in 2011 when Hjort invited Ahlsell and Holmquist to take part in Whyred Art Projects, a series of collaborations between Swedish and international artists and the clothing brand Whyred.
“Many of my artworks depict surrealist shapes morphing in different spaces”