Finding Utopia

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.

My projekt “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 also makes the rugs more flexible in turns of different roms and change of 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

Changeable light

Changeable light is a lamp that can shift its shape and light. The lampshade is woven with optic fiber and is therefore the light source in itself. Due to its structure it is formable and by bending the fabric the lamp can change its appearance.

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




During my exchange at Rhode Island School of Design in 2017, I had the opportunity to learn how to weave jacquard fabrics on an industrial jacquard machine. The pattern and was created to enhance the sofas shape and at the same time interrupt it just like the clash between nature and buildings.


Haptic attraction

Haptic attraction is a exploration project in creating a series of woven fabrics by exploring 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

Copyright © 2019 Lisa Darland
Malmö, Sweden