Nodus Rug, 2011

Eighteenth century Rococo decors of romantic roses and perfectly symmetrical leaves still exist today, made by traditional needlepoint1 techniques that force nature into man’s image.
№ – Aquila.
№ – Aquila, detail.
As a reaction to this idealized representation of nature, Formafantasma design a collection of three rugs inspired by the work of ninteenth century ornithologist John James Audubon, famous for his wonderfully detailed drawings of birds. On the final objects, instead of minuscule and geometric flowers, three gigantic birds seem to be trapped at the moment, flying on the surface of the rugs. The carpets are composed as out – of – scale garments, finished with wooden buttons as a reference to the refined needlepoint technique used both in tapestry and to embroider clothes.
№ – Pettirosso. detail.
With Migration, Formafantasma suggests a new type of romanticism, wild and liberating, expressing the most ancient of human desires: to migrate towards the new and unknown, while relaxing upon a carpet of beautifully embroidered feathers. Each of the three rugs from the migration collection was produced entirely by hand in Portugal with an average embroidery time of one month.
№ – Gazza.
№ – Gazza, detail.
№ – Pettirosso.
№ – Pettirosso, detail.

Notes, References and External Links

1. Needlepoint is a type of canvas work, a form of counted thread embroidery in which yarn is stitched through a stiff open weave canvas. Traditionally needlepoint designs completely cover the canvas. Although needlepoint may be worked in a variety of stitches, many needlepoint designs use only a simple tent stitch and rely upon color changes in the yarn to construct the pattern. Needlepoint is the oldest form of canvas work.

Nodus is a craft workshop with a cultural plan: the oldest traditions and knowledge in the art of carpet design are reinterpreted using the vision of the most innovating Designers and Architects, producing only unique pieces, promoting through events and publications in order to spread the knowledge to all about the new shapes and forms of a piece that has accompanied man since antiquity.


CONCEPT, DESIGN Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin