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Studio Elke x Brintons COMPOSITE COLLECTION

We are excited to launch our debut collection with Studio Elke, a multi-disciplinary design studio led by founder and Creative Director, Elke Kramer.

Known for its unique jewellery and accessories, Studio Elke is an industry leader in the fashion and design worlds. The studio is respected for its emphasis on pushing the boundaries of originality and its exploration of unique materials, experimental fabrications and new forms. Studio Elke and Brintons have collaborated to translate Elke Kramer’s vision into a suite of customisable carpet designs – and the new venture is the Australian designer’s first ever carpet collection.

“I had written down a list of dream collaborations on a blank piece of paper many years ago, and a carpet collaboration was at the top of that list. When I was approached by Brintons, and invited to partake in their first Australian collaboration, I was thrilled at the opportunity,” she says.

Composite is a collection of wall-to-wall carpet designs that references Studio Elke’s decade-long archive of jewellery collections, translating Elke Kramer’s artistic and cutting-edge print designs into large-scale interior surfaces. The Composite Collection is formed of 10 designs: Sorceress and Sorcerer, Ceremonial, Keep Watch, Tassels, Existence, Arches, Musk and Jasper Nucleus, The Thunder Below, Charcoal and Concrete Brutalist, and Power of Symmetry. Unusual geometries, graphic patterns, and architecture-inspired shapes feature in the collection. The playful influence of materials such as terrazzo, concrete, marble, and mother of pearl are the designer’s trademark and have been cleverly woven into Composite. The collection skilfully marries Studio Elke’s striking materiality and textures, with Brintons’ timeless, premium woven Axminster carpet.

Brintons’ Composite Collection featured in the Collectionist Hotel in Sydney, Elke Kramer, Studio Elke’s founder and Creative Director, comments: “With Composite we started by deconstructing and reassembling different visual elements of the Studio Elke jewellery pieces, such as the pattern on a ring band, the texture of our marbled and terrazzo resins, and the colour palettes and metallic tones that run through the 10 years of jewellery collections we had in archive. The biggest challenge was scale – delicate items that could fit in the palm of your hand were being reimagined on entirely new grand scale. Being restricted to a 2D surface was another challenge, as we had to recreate the forms and 3D depth that we celebrate in jewellery design in a 2D flat context. Brintons really understood the energy of the Studio Elke brand, so we were able to work together seamlessly in translating the textures, patterns, colours and visual themes into carpeting repeats.”

Brintons triumphs at The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018

The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018

We are excited to announce that Brintons has triumphed at The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018, winning the prestigious Designer Collaboration of the Year award for Craigend Collection by Timorous Beasties​.

Brintons were also a finalist in the Commercial Woven Carpet Design Installation of the Year category for Victoria Palace Theatre.

The Campaign for Wool Carpet and Rugs Awards were created by the Campaign for Wool to celebrate quality, style and innovation in the wool and carpet industry. Now in its third year, the Awards event, held as part of The Flooring Show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire attracted over 100 entries from the flooring industry, each of which was judged by a panel of industry experts and editors from leading design publications on the basis of its technical, construction and design excellence and innovation and design.

Rolling out the red carpet as Meghan and Harry visit the Victoria Palace Theatre

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Palace Theatre this week and were photographed on Brintons carpet. The couple attended a special gala performance of the hit musical Hamilton to raise awareness of Prince Harry's charity, Sentebale, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.

Brintons were selected to supply carpets throughout the Victoria Palace Theatre as part of its £50m refurbishment, bespoke Brintons carpets feature in the theatre’s auditoriums, foyers, salon, landings, lobbies, royal circle and basement rear stalls.

Jodie Hatton Creative Designer at Brintons worked closely with award-winning interior designer Clare Ferraby on the project says “Clare initially provided me with drawings of the patterns she wanted to use for the carpets and I took these and transformed them into carpet designs. From there we worked together to tweak the patterns and to choose colours. Clare had some great visions for the colours and we trialled some of the patterns in quite bright colourways, we weren’t constrained to traditional theatre carpet colours, which was exciting and experimental”.

For more information on our project showcase at Victoria Palace Theatre please click here

Image: Rex/Shutterstock

All a Blur

Don’t adjust your glasses. Don’t run to your doctor for a new prescription. It’s not your eyes, these designs from the Brintons archive are just blurry.

We dove into the design library and delighted in the many patterns that had blurriness as a common thread and found, that while “blurry” could be used as a surface level description, the moods that blurriness can conjure in an environment are plentiful.

Blurry can be tranquil and soft, evocative of a foggy morning or a dream-like state.

More literally, a blurry design can distort the barriers between two distinct spaces, creating a setting where people move freely and experience the facets of an area more fully.

Our favorite discovery, perhaps, were the blurry patterns that expressed movement and dynamism. Think of the flash of a taxi rushing by you, or the thrill of a photo-finish. Or even Giacomo Balla’s Dog on a Leash, where his goal was to capture many moments of movement in one frame.

We’ve compiled the highlights of Brintons blurry designs and encourage you to take a look. Browse as slowly as you’d like; no matter what, it will all still be a blur.

The Self-Expression Project Group 5

All in due time: As the year long creative venture comes to a close, the last group of self-expression project designers respond to a more literal representation of time - the sundial. Designers studied the object for two weeks before diving in and translating their thoughts into axminster carpet.

To see the 12 month evolution of the project and a glimpse behind the conceptual scenes, check out Interiors + Sources' article Encouraging Expression here.

"My challenge for this project was to make the sundial into an abstract version of itself. By concentrating on the light striking the shiny gold arcs of the sundial, I was able to abstract the Da Vinci inspired mechanical drawings enough to achieve my final axminster design"

Donna Davis, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A035680SE

"Natural light, changes in the weather, and even the texture of concrete it laid on guided my color and texture decisions. Studying the angles of the shadows cast throughout the day, I took the literal shapes and twisted them around using different opacities to create layers."

Cherise Porretto, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A22370ZSE
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"When given the sundial to respond to, I immediately envisioned a casino design with a large and detailed repeat. I wanted to create something that would draw in people’s attention and pique their curiosity."

Solongo Drini, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A20366ZSE

I was inspired by the sundial’s representation of time. This lead me to think of butterflies and the chaos phenomena 'The Butterfly Theory'. The butterfly wings in my design symbolize alternate theories overlapping each other and the linear angles represent the gnomon of a sundial as they both intersect randomly."

Nandita Gharat-Hurt, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A034616SE

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