Nakata and Stroma were borne of a Wolf-Gordon Design Studio focus on designing with Nature. Influenced by exhibitions during 2019 in Milan and New York that analyzed themes of “Broken Nature” (Milan Triennale), “The Marvels of Nature” (Palazzo Reale), and “Nature: Collaborations in Design” (Cooper Hewitt), the Studio reflected on how these current themes could impact our product line.
Senior Textile Designer Kathrin Hagge challenged herself to develop two new high-performance fabrics that celebrate the wonder of Nature from dramatically different viewpoints.
Influenced by Gaia—the Greek goddess that represents a personification of the Earth—Kathrin began researching trees and plant life in her development of two new woven upholstery textiles. Using a wine vineyard as inspiration, she began sketching line drawings based on the meandering pattern. The drawings evolved from linear trails to an all-over pattern. When interpreting the design into a woven fabric, Kathrin found the solid lines overpowering and replaced them with a stitched effect. The result is Nakata, a graceful organic pattern woven in durable polyester.
Where Nakata takes a macro view of woody vines, Stroma evolved from a micro view of a petrified wood fragment. The cellular structure of wood seen under a microscope has a lace-like effect that Kathrin sought to emulate. By constructing the material with twisted float yarns in a mesh pattern bound to a tightly woven ground, Stroma has a delicate appearance while maintaining ACT performance standards.
The palettes of both designs are compatible and manifest contemporary sensitivity to Nature with earthtones, aquatic colors, neutrals and warm harvest colors.