Studio Wieki Somers Installation: SHIELDS
In celebration of New York Textile Month, Shields by award-winning Studio Wieki Somers makes its New York debut at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
This September, award-winning Dutch design duo Studio Wieki Somers and Kvadrat takes the poetic and airy installation Shields to the beautiful surroundings of The Conservatory of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Consisting of a mobile made from textile shields inspired by the crisp and delicate textile universe of Kvadrat’s Kinnasand home collection, the installation takes its viewers on a journey of rhythm, play and light. Stretched within various circular and square frames, the textiles float as kite-like shields beneath the ceiling or are placed on the floor as lamps. The addition of light allows new qualities to appear as the light plays on the semi-transparent fabrics and their reflective parts.
In celebration of September’s New York Textile Month, Kvadrat and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in collaboration with The Future Perfect will host a designer talk with acclaimed trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, designer Dylan van den Berg of Studio Wieki Somers, founder David Alhadeff and Cooper Hewitt textile curator Matilda McQuaid.
“We were thrilled by the invitation to work with the beautiful and sensitive textiles of Kinnasand. We sought to create innovative frameworks for the textiles by placing them in surprising contexts. We often take inspiration from everyday life, trying to re-awaken the hidden qualities in ordinary objects, inviting people to look with fresh eyes at their everyday reality.
We believe this conservatory space of the Cooper Hewitt (with all the glass and changing light) will be a wonderful context for Shields; it is a real benefit to be able to let the ‘kites’ almost truly float in the sky.” Wieki Somers
Kvadrat and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum present Shields by Studio Wieki Somers in collaboration with The Future Perfect
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
Monday 11 September 2017
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Press preview with Studio Wieki Somers and Lidewij Edelkoort
Interviews by appointment with Studio Wieki Somers and trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort
7.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Design dialogue followed by cocktails
Trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort in conversation with designer Dylan van den Berg and The Future Perfect founder David Alhadeff
9 September – 31 October 2017
Weekdays and Sundays, 10 am – 6 pm
Saturdays, 10 am – 9 pm