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three-dimensional textiles by designer Robin Pleun Maas

The Eindhoven, Netherlands–based designer has elevated two-dimensional textiles to three-dimensional surfaces which have depth, and acoustic qualities. Her design philosophy and approach is a process that starts with inventory and experimentation of materials, moves into combining them in unusual ways and ends in products which are both beautiful and functional.

structured textiles
In an attempt to elevate two dimensional surfaces, Robin Pleun utilizes the natural behavior of materials to create dynamic structures. Multiple textile components are built up and merged using diverse weaving and printing techniques. Her tactile works play with the tension between contrasting materials and colors. The construction methods add depth to once-flat textiles. When viewers change their position or manipulate the designs with their hands, the interwoven patterns are revealed to encourage continued interaction. Besides its visual appeal, Maas’ “structured textiles” can play a functional role. With their highly acoustic qualities, they can serve interiors in more than one way. The woven textiles are made in collaboration with the TextielMuseum Tilburg.

acoustic landscapes
Acoustic Landscapes was Robin’s recent graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where a concentration in the department of ‘Man and Identity’ allowed her to work closely with materials and create products imbued with a deeper understanding of users and clients. A flat surface is changed into a three-dimensional landscape. Colors shift or blend in by changing your perspective. She was intrigued by the appearance and disappearance of colors within a single surface. These acoustic landscapes perform visual interaction with the moving body. Strong sporty ropes are combined with soft wool felt. Contrasting materials create depth and structure; the bright colors enhance this effect even more. This collection of rugs can be applied on walls or floors of architectural environments to improve the acoustics.

waterproof textiles
This is a material designed for outdoor furniture. This project started with a fascination for the pattern of the floor heating system and a materials research. This idea is translated into a furniture textile material. The materials can be applied in an outdoor swing; it is very strong because of the bands. The depth in the textile creates the possibility to bend it in a perfect curve. Some colors appear and disappear when it’s looked at from different perspectives.

A young and talented recent graduate, Robin, now joins the ranks of Netherlands-based design collaborative Envisions, whose work famously focusses on products in process, and was most recently appreciated at Milan Design Week and the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.

Photography: Robin Pleun Maas
Parts of the text from: Robin Pleun Maas and Material Driven



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