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HoT - History of Things

METAMORPHOSE

HoT – History of Things
When we love something, we want to know the story behind it… as told by our rug expert: Patricia Racine

I have already worked with Pierre Yovanovitch and I like his unique style: his way of sublimating the materials and combining the raw with the sophisticated…

 

This rug was created for an exhibition themed on the concept of metamorphosis, showcasing several interior designers and decorators, including Maarten Baas – already well known for his famous series of burnt objects. Baas was going to exhibit a burnt Pleyel piano, and Pierre wanted to design a rug that would conjure that precise moment right afterthe fire, when everything is not yet completely charred and there still remain traces of fire. It must be said that Pierre does not like figurative drawings on his rugs, preferring abstract forms instead.

 

However, even when using an abstract language, a rug must tell a story, and on this rug, Pierre Yovanovitch told the movement of smoke, its volutes swirling around, and its fumes stagnating in the air… We imagined that the fire started on a raw wooden floor and on some stones, hence the choice of colors. The hand-woven rug was manufactured in Aubusson, I chose wool and jute threads, to give it a rougher structure; at the same time I wanted a more comfortable feel, I wanted to make it softer and cushier, therefore I added some mohair threads…

 

Everything is in these contrasts, the opposition of materials and narration: the metaphor of metamorphosis.

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