Bertjan Pot designs an exclusive fabric for three Collectors’ Editions of the Utrecht armchair.

The artist Bertjan Pot has designed a bespoke textile in three jacquard versions for the Utrecht armchair giving a contemporary twist to this icon by Gerrit T. Rietveld.

The architecture of the armchair is reflected in the innovative workmanship of the Boxblocks fabric which is made up of 8 coloured threads mixed 2 at a time to create 19 different colours on a template which outlines the shape of the armchair. Carried out with an advanced computer controlled jacquard weaving machine, the result is a unique and perfectly balanced geometric pattern in which the combination of triangles is never repeated.

A homage to Dutch creativity, each unique Boxblocks version fits 90 limited edition pieces like a tailormade ress, for a total of 270 models, which are progressively numbered to guarantee the Cassina markof authenticity.

The Utrecht armchair was designed in 1935 and has been exclusively produced by Cassina since 1988.

 

“My concepts are never single lined or step by step but they are always a meeting point of different ideas and feelings.

For the Boxblocks textile of the Utrecht it was important for me to do something today that was not technically possible at the time of the armchair’s creation.

The pattern is inspired by the modernist ‘block-sculptural’ shape of the chair itself.

When talking patterns there are generally two types, one is the pattern that respects the product and enhances its shape (think traditional tartan checks and stripes), the other is the pattern that crosses seams and dazzles its actual shape (think zebra stripes and large organic flower prints)… this one does both.” Bertjan Pot.

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