A collection of wall hangings by artist, designer and tech subverter, Erwan Bouroullec, Risk Knit is produced in collaboration with Kvadrat Febrik, exclusively for The Wrong Shop. Begun in response to COVID-19 and incorporating Erwan Bouroullec’s lifelong fascination with map making, the series has been in development for several years. He shares: “The Covid period did trigger my desire for this conceptual making, while giving it a very warm and soft presence.”
Interweaving coding and art, Risk Knit is the latest realisation of Erwan Bouroullec’s exploratory practice. The patterns are generated from layers and codes from geographic maps, knitted in pure wool. “Knitting is the magic printer”, the artist states, explaining that knitted textures can be seen as the roots of computing: loops of yarn interlinking from one continuous thread, creating a sturdy and flexible interface.
“Each Risk Knit is part of a whole, a detailed map of something. [....]But the map has no title, no reference, nobody knows what we are looking at, so everybody takes a guess.”
“So this code is kind of like building a map, the different patterns are actually some surfaces fighting and collaborating with the other ones, their masses interlock.” - Erwan Bouroullec on Risk Knit
Each piece has a divergent personality, and a life of its own. The patterns and dimensions are defined for production, but once installed (on pegs designed specifically by the artist) will subtly change over time. Wool absorbs and gives off humidity, so the textile may lengthen depending on temperature and how it is handled. This evolution is part of the artwork’s lifecycle and centric to Erwan Bouroullec’s conceptual thinking around “code, knits, maps and the unexpected”.
The Risk Knit collection is made in Germany from 100% wool, and available in three options: a large light blue/yellow, a large navy and a medium-sized burgundy.
Erwan Bouroullec has designed minimal oak brackets, to mount the knits on the wall.
Each Risk Knit will be produced in an edition of 100 units. For each edition sold, The Wrong Shop will provide a signed and numbered certificate of provenance from Erwan Bouroullec.
Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for almost 15 years. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness.
The Paris-based brothers design for numerous international manufacturers, namely Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi, Cappellini, Mattiazzi and more recently Flos and Mutina. At the same time, they maintain an experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs have been held between 2001 and 2012. Several exhibitions have been devoted to their work from the Design Museum in London in 2012, to the Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA in Los Angeles in 2004 to the Centre Pompidou Metz and the Vitra Design Museum in 2012. This year, a new comprehensive monographic book was released called Works, by Phaidon Press.