Finding Utopia

The project “Finding Utopia”, consisting of three series of multi layered 3D rugs, serves as a more sustainable option to the tufted carpet. The multiple layers in the 3D rugs provides the user with a thick rug to be used as a seating surface in the same way as a tufted carpet. The rugs are made to be produced industrially and can due to their jacquard woven structure, be part of a circular system. The rugs can be separated by the end of use, due to there woven structure and are made of 100% wool and can therefore also be recycled as a whole.
Because they are jacquard woven they also have two sides that gives the user two designs in one, which  makes the rugs more flexible in turns of change of room or living situation.

The inspiration for the rugs comes from the duality in the universe of “Finding Utopia”, where nature and buildings has collided and the lines between fantasy and reality is diffuse. In the universe the proportion between buildings and nature have shifted, nature has started to take over and the line between what is pleasant and unpleasant is vague

In the EU 1,6 miljon ton carpet waste arise each year and less than 3 % is recycled. In November 2018 Changing Markets Foundation released a report on how to increase circularity within the carpet industry. The report focuses on the vision that by 2025 all carpets put on the market in the EU should be separately collected, reusable and fully recyclable. Around 80% of carpets are tufted and are very popular. But due to the mixture of fibers, the latex glue treatment and the cutting of the fibers during production, its recyclability is limited.

Rethinking the


Rethinking the basic is a series of textural rugs. The project utilizes the characteristics of the wool, knit and weave. By knitting the yarn it locks in air and rolls into a cord, the elasticity of the wool and knitted cord pulls the weaving together when taken off the loom and together it creates a spongy surface. The rugs explore the depth of the colours identity through warm and cold nuances, questioning how we comprehend them and enhance the texture of the rug through the checkerboard weave. A pure fiber rug, created with minimal cuts of the fibers, suitable for a circular system

Haptic attraction

Haptic attraction is a series of woven fabrics that explors the depth and 3d effects in woven textile trough different materials and aftertreatment. The inspiration for the project came from various foldings and cracks in nature and thier light, shadow, matt, shine, warm and coldness to create depth

Dygnet Chair

The Dygnet Chair is a collaboration together with furniture designer Taylor Gray (BFA 2018 FD, Rhode Island School of Design). Dygnet is made of wool and steel and can be understood as an illustration of its making. On a macro level, bold bending gestures create the backrest and seating surface. At the micro scale, the textile features steel wires of varying hardness and thickness integrated into the custom hand woven surfaces. Taken as a whole, these gestures and systems yield an innovative structure that is supple and inviting





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Malmö, Sweden