Kilim: collection Ingiustificabili esigenze
Kilim: part of the 'unjustifiable needs' collection
'Unjustifiable Needs' were the last teachings of Ettore Sottsass
I always wanted to do kilim carpets, and I have repeatedly tried to make them in Turkey, Afghanistan, China, but they turned out as I wanted them, they were not what I had in mind.
I have drawn many, looked for color combinations that were beautiful in geometric figures and researched which were transferable in colors for wool and textiles.
Now I am very pleased with these carpets which Rachna Joshi Nair brought me from India. Perhaps because in that country which is so impenetrable and spiritual, wool is still crafted by artisans manually, which has great value to me.
It seems to me that now is precisely the time, because thinking of Ettore I remembered the tales of his travels in India and was able to explain to myself why I embarked on the long project of kilim. So this is the year when I opened a new laboratory for Produzione Privata: 'the Laboratory of Textiles'. We produced 7 models, all hand-woven.
We will hange them on walls like tapestries to decorate rooms. Otherwise you could use them to heat the floor when too cold, or someone could even use them as room dividers, as once the nomads did in their tents.
They are architecture maps are vaguely impenetrable but freely interpretable.
For Ettore they would have been unjustifiable needs.
For me they are unjustifiable needs.
Michele De Lucchi, February 2008
Made in our Laboratory of Textiles