Vera & Kyte
Vera & Kyte have developed their third collection for Heymat. Inspired by the influential Bauhaus school, they have created two doormat designs that allude to the intricate layers of a textile weave pattern
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind Loom?
Loom is our tribute to the female Bauhaus pioneers Gunta Stolzl and Anni Albers, who were two of the first women to attend the Bauhaus school in the 1920s. Our interest for their work was sparked on a tour of the museum archives at Cranbrook Art Academy often referred to as the Bauhaus of America and an institution within modernism. Carefully browsing through authentic sketches, textile weave and print samples was a truly inspiring experience. With the Loom collection we want to honor their except-ional talent.
How has Bauhaus influenced you as designers?
The influence of the Bauhaus is beyond denial. Expressions such as Less is more have become almost universally known and are used widely even without reference to its origin from Mies van der Rohe. Personally, the more avant garde and bold coloristic expressions have had a particularly strong appeal and continue to be a source of great inspiration.
The quote ‘Multicolored is my favorite color.’ from Walter Gropius could easily be the motto of our studio today
This is your third collection for Heymat. Can you tell us a little about the collaboration?
Working with Heymat functionality is always at the core. Parallel to the process of Gunta Stolz and Anni Albers, focusing equally on the aesthetic, tactile and functional attributes of their textiles, The relation between composition, qualities of color, texture and structure played the leading role in our design process. The visual and coloristic expression become an integral part of the technical abilities of the mats. The success of the pieces rely on the interplay between these attributes.