In the interior, as in life, should be a place for art. Antiques, vintage or works of modern authors, everyone chooses their own formula of cool interior. Collectible design is the most complicated and a rather new phenomenon for the Russian market. Two decades ago, a pool of designers appeared in the West, who became tired of factories with mass production. They began to use items in their projects, created with freedom and experiment, in non-standard bold forms, technologies and materials. Collectible design has become as close as possible to art in terms of visual power, meaningfulness and value. It has moved to galleries that work in the format of contemporary art galleries. It formed a full market of players and platforms: collectors, international exhibitions, auctions, growth of the estimate and prices that stimulate the emergence of new names and public interest.
For our first experiment with collectible design, we chose a set of eleven pieces of furniture: chairs and armchairs made in the 60s and 70s from countries of the former Soviet Union. We made a full restoration and invited the artist Tatyana Podufalova, who professionally works in a very special embroidery technique and has an experience in international exhibitions. The result of working together was a capsule with unique pieces of furniture made at the junction of design and art.
Tatiana Podufalova, PhD, lecturer, graduated from the London College of Fashion. She lives in Moscow, represented exhibition projects in England, Japan, Russia, received the Grand Prix of the International fashion assembly.
COLLABORATIONS WITH ARTISTS
Collectible design items have high artistic value, they are created at the junction of craft and art and perform two functions in the interior - functional and decorative. Almost always, such items are produced in a single copy or in a limited edition, because manual labor and handicraft technologies do not allow identity from piece to piece.
Collectible design includes not only modern things, created nowadays, but also vintage items that have a special artistic value or unique provenance. Both in fashion and in design, the trend of upcycling is increasingly developing – the secondary use of old items with new functionality or decor. Old things that have lost their functionality or appearance should be reconsidered. They can be endowed with new meanings or aesthetics. So, from the old torchiere we make a new lamp, from plywood box – a stylish table, we may entangle naphthalene Soviet chairs with modern embroidery, so they become a piece of modern art.
« Despite the fact that I worked in fashion, interior always attracts me. I believe that a creative person thinks in global and conceptual way, can instantly change sphere of activity and do something new.
When I came back from London to Moscow, where I studied and worked for a long time, I thought how to work and live. I realized that I want to return to the embroidery technique, which I practiced since childhood. I began to study the roots of my family. At the same time I looked at the traditional embroidery of different cultures, which are united in the history of my family and in me. My creative search is based on different layers of traditional motifs, this work I plan to develop further »
Talking about creating of the collection, this process took about three months. The main task was to combine natural motifs and geometry inherent in the textile design with the authentic embroidery technique. In addition to the technical part and the complexity of manual work, the artist constantly analyzes his next steps, solves the problem of combining textures and colors.
"Several materials were used in this collection, each of them has different dialogue with me and with each other. Working with jacquard, I began to notice all the nuances, all the complexity of the fabric, how the needle behaves differently with various surfaces, and the thread falls down completely unique. You give the first impulse, and then work itself leads you".
Collection furniture combines functional and artistic task.
United by a single style and color scheme, together or separately, such items become a center of the composition, a kind of statement that forms the entire interior.
"The person who will be interested in our collection is a brave and broad-minded person. He loves his life and is open to bringing something unconventional into his home. He has considerable international experience, impressions, interests, bright ideas and dreams. He has financial capacity and no fear to make a mistake.
His home is an environment where each object has goal to live in pleasure, and at the same time an opportunity for fun: to collect different objects using them to create a special world where you want to live".
Vintage chair 1970's, embroidery by Tatiana Podufalova
Vintage furniture 1960s, embroidery by Tatiana Podufalova; carpets, linen 100%, handmade