Presenting an exhibition of basketry, hand quilting and calligraphy for our fifth project at the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan. After four appearances at the furniture fair, we are returning for 2019 with our most ambitious instalment, giving voice to time-honoured weaving techniques and the masters who maintain them.
We have challenged traditional artists from around the world to work in a new medium — leather — which puts traditional basket makers front and centre by casting their creations in a contemporary light. These masters of handcraft have produced a series of exclusive objets d’art for the exhibition. In addition, we have commissioned leading Spanish artisans to create a collection of bags, accessories and home decorations to accompany the exhibition and be made available for purchase.
Since our foundation, we have nurtured the talents of artisans in pursuit of quality. The LOEWE Baskets exposition draws on our commitment to craft by helping to conserve these practices and give them context in a modern setting.
LOEWE Baskets is now available at selected stores and loewe.com.
Crafted using a rich variety of weaving and basketry techniques, the collection of bags translates traditional arts and crafts into functional accessories that exude an organic feeling of peacefulness and tranquillity.
Working in collaboration with a group of Spanish artisans, their unique hand production, cultural references and artistic instincts have been applied to the keen, playful and refined design language of LOEWE – and of course the house´s primary material of leather – to produce a range of woven pieces that explore the nexus of form and function.
Existing LOEWE bags, including our icons – Puzzle and Gate – as well as the Cushion and Vertical Totes have been adapted using weaving techniques and basketry aesthetics, whilst the artisans have created a selection of new silhouettes and functions ranging from the Mesh Bucket with its raw fringed edges through to the Square Bucket with its monolithic body carefully cut and handstitched together from a single piece of leather.
Objects & Decoration
Objects for the home have been elevated by working leather with expert craftsmanship and superior aesthetic finishes. Functional yet elegant laundry baskets and lampshades in woven leather are interspersed with vases that have been designed specifically for Ikebana – the Japanese art of flower arranging that seeks harmony between the organic plants and handcrafted vases.
Looking to the Orient for further inspiration, the homeware collection includes wooden Kiribako boxes, used in Japan since the seventeenth century for the safe-keeping of valuables, mementoes and precious items. Knotted stone ornaments, that invite quiet contemplation, peace and serenity, have been tied using traditional Japanese basket making techniques to achieve a finely balanced accord between the crafted and natural elements.
The collection is rounded off with a series of handmade Hawaiian quilts based on traditional designs that echo the indigenous history and wildlife of the Pacific island.
The range of playful accessories were inspired by traditions both at home in Spain and the Far East, imbuing the pieces with cultural and historical meaning.
Bangles are crafted from copper to look like rings of Bamboo, a naturally occurring grass in Asia whose versatility is fundamental to the life and customs across the continent. It is a food source, building material and it is frequently used for making instruments, furniture and textures, evidenced by its appearance as a key component in some of the collection´s bags and baskets.
The charms take us to each end of Iberia. Fish figurines are knotted together to echo Andalucian “espetos” – skewered sardines cooked on the beach over open fires. Stones and resin eggs are tied with Calf strings in the same way that Galician fishermen would attach weights to their nets.
LOEWE Baskets is now available at selected stores and loewe.com from May 30.