Metal textile project
„Mónika Kovács is looking for possible connections between contemporary architecture and textile: she experiments with traditional hand-weaving techniques in her collection in which she introduces the innovative use of various metal threads. Brass, copper and steel threads are built in to create the structure of the textile, while the textile’s surface is achieved by fracturing the threads.
The corrosion of metals subject to changing weather conditions in built environments creates new layers of colourful, organic patterns. The use of these corroded surfaces has been established as its own formal vocabulary in contemporary architecture.
The designer’s inspiration comes in part from architects Steven Holl and Peter Zumthor. In their work they use natural erosion to illustrate the fourth dimension, time. Corroded surfaces serve as decorative elements on their buildings, creating the holistic unity of space-time. Their goal is to createthe philosophy of the moment; of constant change: of timelessness, that is.
In our built environment, the corrosion of metals exposed to the changes in weather results in new layers and multi-coloured organic patterns, while a symbiotic structure is created in Mónika Kovács’s two-sided textile made by the combination of metal and textile threads. The interplay between the matt cotton warp threads dyed grey and the metal threads of various thicknesses and refraction properties produced a whole range of colour effects. An ideal place for the designer’s experimentation with materials and colours is the building of a thermal bath, where the steam creates organic patterns on the special textiles over time which then can function not only as decorative elements but may also actively form the interior as partitions or wall panelling and thus become an integral element of the interior architecture.”
Interier photo: Márton Visontai