Layers Park Double
Layers Park Double by Hella Jongerius is a double-layer fabric consisting of three embroidered patterns that recall various landscapes: Layers Garden, Layers Park and Layers Vineyard. Wool felt, the foundation of Layers, provides a neutral textural complement to the intricate needlework of the single layer variations. Hand cutting lends a distinct artisanal character to the double-layer versions, creating windows of pattern that reveal an underlayer of either tonal or contrasting wool felt. Layers has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This intricate fabric builds on Dutch-born Hella Jongerius’s fascination with the manipulation of traditional manufacturing methods. After extensive prototyping involving a range of woven and non-woven materials, Jongerius and the Maharam Design Studio conceived a method to bind multiple layers of wool felt with embroidery.
Carl Hansen & Son matched Double Layer with a beech frame that is painted a rich orange. All woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Layers Park by Hella Jongerius
Borders Shell Chair
The charcoal Borders Fabric used on this Maharam Shell Chair was designed by Hella Jongerius, a Dutch industrial designer who works from her Berlin-based studio, Jongeriuslab. Borders is inspired by Jongerius’s interest in the traditional backstrap weaving of Guatemala and Mexico. Because backstrap weaving produces a narrow cloth, two or more pieces are often hand-embroidered together using a heavy decorative stitch.
Borders is an industrial translation of this localized craft technique. The embroidered lines that traverse Borders’ surface are archetypal motifs culled from different genres, including a botanical, a dotted line, and pied de poule, forming an irregular grid of unique compositions. Large open areas in the design called for a ground cloth with surface interest. Heathered yarns add texture throughout a dry, toothy wool canvas. The four wool colors—in natural, greige, charcoal, and walnut—provide a neutral base for the embroidered expression of Jongerius’ unique color sensibility, including combinations of nude and crimson, pale yellow with eggshell blue, marigold and turquoise, and tangerine with hazard orange.
Carl Hansen & Son recommends the oak lacquer frame to accentuate the Borders Chair. However, all woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.
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Borders fabric detail. Click to enlarge.