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Category: Visual

20 Oct

Glitch, Fusion of Gabbeh and Glitch Art

T he inspiration for this latest collection, designed for Zollanvari International, is an ingenious fusion of traditional Gabbeh iconography and Glitch art – a visual style characterized by using digital or analog errors for aesthetic purposes, whether that be intentional (that is, “faking glitch” and obtaining a similar aesthetic through design) or by accident (a true manifestation inside of the system without human intervention). The term ‘glitch’ itself originates with engineers and astronauts explaining faults within the technology they were working with. But the visual aesthetic can be traced much further back, to the beginning of the 20th century through distorted forms in cubist paintings, abstract short films, and pixel-like rug designs akin to 8-bit video...
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5 Dec

Qashqa’i, meet Bauhaus

G abbeh is a hand-woven pile rug characterized by an abstract design that relies upon open fields of colour and playful geometry. Gabbehs are woven by tribal women and are principally used as ‘bedding blankets’ by the nomadic tribes of the Zagros Mountains of Iran. Zollanvari is an established name as a global trail-blazer in creating carpet art and distinguishes itself by a sensitive regard for the traditional way of life of the nomads and their natural environment. The extensive use of geometrical and abstract patterns together with the vivid colours naturally dyed has analogies with the studies and learnings coming from the Bauhaus; in particular, with one of its key masters, Josef Albers. He studied in...
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14 Nov

Vintage Design with a modern twist

M utuated from vintage apparels, the new designs for couturier Soledad Twombly mix east and west. Floral patterns and ornamental shapes give life to fine satins . A simplified drawing of an ombu, an exotic plant from South America, is celebrated through vivid colours. The colour palette features gold , magenta and forest green. The Atelier, as usual, has the ability to tailor a chic fashion rich in details; a style that fits all times and figures. Chapeau!  

We aim to design as expression of creativity revealing the natural skills of author and executor

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9 Sep

Kimono,New Designs for Soledad Twombly

Originally, kimono was the Japanese word for clothing. But in more recent years, the word has been used to refer specifically to traditional Japanese clothing. Kimonos as we know them today came into being during the Heian period (794-1192). Striking motifs and patterns were block printed on different textiles. Style, motif, fabric, technique and color explained who you were. For example, a cherry blossom was not just a pretty design; rather, it symbolized mortal feminine beauty. Early 2019, inspired by antique kimonos, SoFarSoNear has re-designed a traditional pattern where cherry blossoms and flowers gave birth to some extraordinary garments, designed by Soledad Twombly. To learn more about Soledad Twombly and her one of a kind collections...
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6 Sep

VIA BOX,A tool for Visually Impaired

A s of 2015 there were 940 million people with some degree of vision loss. 246 million had low vision and 39 million were blind. Visually impaired people surpass by far blind people, but our society is still not equipped to assist them, especially in the field of public transportation.Vision impairement is a decreased ability to see to a degree that causes problems not fixable by usual means, such as glasses. It may cause people difficulties with normal daily activities such as driving, reading, socializing, and walking. [eltd_blockquote text="A visually impaired needs to enlarge what is observed to be able to perceive it visually. Sees reality as through a colander; as in a misty landscape; in black and...
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24 Aug

Welcome to, Nature’s Magic Garden

W e at SoFarSoNear strongly believe in decoration.Our sense of creativity is a mix of tradition and innovation, the result of a creative process that works on the material, the design and the colour palette.Jardin Japonais and Paysage Fiabesque are two patterns that evoke the realm of fantasy. The design started from a collage of black and white photos of natural art forms. The wealth of beauty in nature, the architectural structure of plants and their ornamentally shapes, inspired the design of these patterns. Jardin Japonais features flowers of different sizes linked by ribbons in black&white or mauve with silver glitters. Paysage Fiabesque is made up of coronilla flowers and small trees in magenta&silver or chocolate&gold. Both patterns...
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20 Jun

Park Mont Avic,Exhibition Concept

To elebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Natural Park of Mont Avic, the Region Val d'Aosta has called a contest to conceive an exhibition at Forte di Bard. SoFarSoNear's concept did achieve a 2nd place, with a very high score. Our goal was to develop a display concept easy to install, flexible and complying to the budget assigned, but attractive and involving. The Gallery at the entrance shows the artworks of reknowned photographers in a museum like installation; the fabric used for the drapes is 'drap' a typical textile from Val d'Aosta. The flow of the exhibition is split into two main areas: on the left, the focus is on the history of the Park, on the...
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7 Mar

Soledad Twombly,a unique Style

W e met Soledad Twombly many years ago, when we were starting to explore the fascinating world of textiles. It was love at first sight; she did receive us in a beautiful flat steps from Piazza di Spagna and she did enchant us with her style and her charming Argentine accent. "I only believe in style, it does not age and is always in fashion" is her credo. This is evident looking at the dresses she tailors. Since that date, we started to design fabrics for Soledad. The inspiration was and is always different; the sensual paintings from Alessandro Twombly, Soledad's husband and son of famous artist Cy Twombly, were our first source. Damien Hirst and his...
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18 Dec

Midas, Pure Gold, Pure Wool

A ulana is a new luxury brand for natural wool textiles that are coloured with particles of pure gold. This new innovation presented by Wools of New Zealand takes an ancient chemistry and creates colour without the use of dyes.  Aulana uses fine particles of pure gold to shift light into delicate shades of grey, pink and purple.  It’s the same science that turns gold into red in the stained glass windows of gothic cathedrals, now being used to create colour for wool textiles.  To launch Aulana, Wools of New Zealand have asked SoFarSoNear to design something exclusive, the Midas Rug.  SoFarSoNear designed the three-piece rug which uses wool grown in New Zealand. The Midas rug has been created...
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25 Nov

Award winning,Trompe l’Oeil Collection

Kilim rugs are world re-known for the simplicity of the sign and the unique flat tapestry weaving. SoFarSoNear idea was to inject a little Italian style and combine the traditional handcraft with the motifs familiar to the Italian iconography. A true fusion between East and West, between the classical motifs of two great cultures, Persia and Italy. What makes the project so unique is also the use of sophisticated UV print to transfer the photographic images onto the rugs. Innovation and tradition, modernity and history, both representing the two faces of the time we live in. The collection features different themes: 'Sicilian Baroque' with the typical facades of the churches and palaces of Sicily, 'Roman Empire' with temples and statues, 'Behind the...
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