Drawing from her cross-market expertise, Engelgeer focused on developing a group of sophisticated yet playful fabrics, with tactility and a residential influence. The result is three textile patterns that mix natural wool and cotton with polyester and metallic yarns, bringing a warm, luxuriant feel to seating intended for workplace and hospitality interiors.
Engelgeer’s design process begins with conceiving of a specific feeling and “atmosphere,” inspired by her travels, museum visits, and current fashion. She then sketches different shapes and uses photos, color swatches, and material samples to help visualize her concepts and give them texture and dimension.
Her sketches are transformed into digital files and then into physical prototypes on jacquard weaving machines at the Textiel-Lab, a fabrication workshop located in The Netherlands. There she can see samples woven in real time and experiment with a diverse selection of yarns and fibers, including wool, mohair, silk, cotton, and metallic filaments.
After graduating from the Amsterdam Fashion Instituut and Sandberg Instituut, where she specialized in textile design and applied arts, Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer opened her own studio in 2014. Her work on product design, installations, and international collaborations combines her expertise in craft and new technology. The collections she developed for Wolf-Gordon are characterized by color, shapes, and linear elements composed with a keen sense of balance.