Workshop, ECAL 2013


Teacher(s): Luca Nichetto

This new collaboration with the Maison Charles Schambourg, a small company in Brussels specialising in woven leather, the students had the opportunity to create a variety of objects out of this natural material. 

For Spine, by Virginie Garcia, the aim was to conceive an object which clearly shows the properties of this unique textile. Spine is a basket whose structure is created by folds in a single piece of woven leather, inspired by origami, and thin strips of spring steel. This combination has led to the development of two baskets that reveal the mastery of weaving and the beauty of the material. The baskets highlight both the top and underside of the textile drawing our attention to the different finishes found in the same piece of material.

For Lampe, Josephine Choquet wanted to work on the elasticity and flexibility of woven leather. Like the hoop, or tambour, used in embroidery, the leather is stretched in a brass structure allowing for a smooth, clean surface. The oblique light given off by the neon tube at the base, reveals the beauty of the texture created by the weave. 

JinSik Kim chose to draw animal shapes in order to return to the leather’s origin while highlighting its visual and tactile properties. Bearing in mind the endless size, colour and weave options that the woven leather brings, this series was designed with pure and relatively abstract lines whilst maintaining a varied and playful quality. Created from offcuts, Animals gives life to these discarded pieces of leather thus respecting the origin of the material.

For Hesychia Petra Kuon was interested in woven leather’s qualities relating to sound and sound proofing. Thanks to this natural material and the fine weaving the Brussels Maison Charles Schambourg are able to produce, these modules can efficiently absorb sound. As well as the functional aspect she chose to create a strong and modulable aesthetic based on a Herringbone motif. Thanks to a simple symmetrical frame, it is possible to create any composition with the colourful gradient design of the modules.

The Set de tables project by Leslie Landucci aims to highlight the sculptural qualities of woven leather by using it in a 3-dimensional manner. Working with thin strips of leather twisted and sheathed like the handle of a tennis racket, the graphic effect of the weave is transformed. It no longer has a horizontal and vertical rhythm but becomes a play on twists, accentuated by the volume of the weave. This collection of tables takes its reference as much from ancient woodworking techniques as it does from the world of sports and even the graphic qualities of traditional boiled sweets. 

SPINE ECAL/Virginie Garcia