“Anders [Byriel, CEO of Kvadrat] I’ve been asking me to work on a collection for a long time, but it’s good to be aware of what you don’t know, ”says Saville, sitting in the brand’s Milan showroom. He quickly goes from one subject to another and evokes his weekend on Lake Como during the Salone del Mobile. “I never understood why there should be an opening for a chair! ” he says. And he adds that it was the encouragement of Stine Find Osther, vice president of design at Kvadrat, that convinced him to pursue fabric design.
“Actually, when I saw the prototypes, I thought they were pretty boring, but boring, it’s good for upholstery, isn’t it? Because you won’t [want to] change it next year. It’s interesting how the colors of the line come through on close examination: “There may be times when you sit in an armchair and think it’s black, and then all of a sudden you notice the yellow. , red, blue ”- it’s like a small universe.
After the first fabric samples, rugs made by Dienke Dekker, chief designer of Kvadrat Rugs, followed, further reflecting the concept of the collection. Then came the curtains. “What? I was thinking; I associate the curtains with visits to my grandmother!” Said Saville, taking a piece of colored tulle in his hand. “On the other hand, it has an almost fluorescent vibe when it hits the light, and folded in on itself, it looks like a haute couture dress. While this flesh-colored dress, “he said, taking another piece in his hand,” makes you think of women’s stockings … It’s pretty sexy .
Talking about textiles is generally limited to considerations of color, weight and texture: “Not so exciting! I think the team enjoyed working around a story this time, ”says Saville. He likes to describe Kvadrat as a big family, where old school values still hold an important place. “Very pure, very Danish I would say, both with respect for natural materials and the process. “But above all, continues the designer,” I appreciate their ability to recognize when that is enough: they are perfectly happy to be what they are. The good news is that this collaboration will not remain a wonder, another project is already underway.
Finally, when the collection was finished, Saville went to see the results. In a specially furnished room, a Bibendum chair was covered with Technicolor fabric. One of the rugs was lying on the floor. “I walked in and it was like seeing a movie of my life,” he said, almost whispering. “In my work, I have always dealt with things that were far from me, that I perhaps aspired to, or that could have happened, but here it was different,” says Saville. “As soon as I set foot in this room, I was catapulted into my childhood.”