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Summer Vibes | Cotton Beach Towels

Time to hit the beach or the park with our latest collection of two tone Summer XL Cotton Beach Towels & Mini Blankets. Woven in a unique jacquard cotton construction, these are unlike your normal beach towel & blanket. Super soft cotton, vibrant colours - they look the part on any beach in the world (or park too) - Bondi, Copacabana, Fuerteventura, Nassau & Salinas make up the collection.

Bondi beach towel - 90 x 140cm / 36" x 56"

Nassau beach towel - 90 x 140cm / 36" x 56"

Copacabana beach towel - 90 x 140cm / 36" x 56"

Fuerteventura beach towel - 90 x 140cm / 36" x 56"

Salinas beach towel - 90 x 140cm / 36" x 56"

ZIGZAGZURICH ARTIST COTTON BLANKETS COLLECTION 2018

The new ZigZagZurich 2018 Cotton Towels and Blankets Collection adds an exciting new roster of artists from around the globe. From the dynamic work of NYC based artists Liz Collins, Harry Allen, Sarah Parke and Mark Barrow to the Swiss dream team of Moiré.

The new Collection is inspired by art and graphics – from Pop Art to Bauhaus movement, spray paint effects, clear & bold stripes and geometric overlapping. The shapes and the colours of the collection express the power of creativity with no limits, translated into textiles. ZigZagZurich creates art, for home and around, to live.

ZigZagZurich collaborates with artists and designers, both established and new, on unique collections transformed into textiles under the direction of creative director Michele Rondelli and the founders of ZigZagZurich.

Our next roster of artists in addition to our existing roster of talents includes:

Sarah Parke & Mark Barrow are New York based artists. With backgrounds in textiles and painting, their work manifests in a number of forms and has been widely exhibited in galleries and institutions in the US and Europe. Some of the art pieces are created by staining plain linen, which is then dethreaded and rewoven into two paintings (one wrap-derived; the other weft-derived) with completely new patterns.

"Unafraid" by Sarah Parke & Mark Borrow

Harry Allen (born 1964) is an American industrial and interior designer. Originally from New Jersey, Allen attended Alfred University and later Pratt Institute, where he received a master’s degree in Industrial Design. In 1993, he founded Harry Allen Design, located in New York City’s East Village. Allen has designed furniture, lighting, products and interiors for a variety of international clients. Notable designs include the interior of the design store Moss, the Reality line for Areaware, including the Bank in the Form of a Pig and the bottle for Marc Jacob’s Bang perfume. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

"Bellevue NYC" by Harry Allen 

Moiré is a Zurich based Graphic Design Studio founded in 2000 by Marc Kappeler, Simon Trüb and Dominik Huber. They work in the fields of editorial design, visual identity and type design. For the last few years Moiré was designing various projects for museums, architects and magazines from London to Moscow. Moiré has won several awards and gets frequently recognized in various area such as medias and exhibitions. Some of Moiré typefaces are published by GrilliType.

"Join Me" by Moiré

Michele Rondelli is a Swiss born interior architect educated in Switzerland and in Paris, France. He then worked for major architectural and design companies in the U.S. and Asia. His tasteful design approach and unique sense for Zeitgeist can be found in many international private projects but also in the public segment. Since 2015 he was appointed as the Creative Director for ZigZagZurich and 4Spaces, two innovative and leading textile brands headquartered in Zurich Switzerland.

"X Marks the Spot" by Michele Rondelli 

Sophie Probst, a recent graduate from the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Art, has a long-standing fascination with traditional weaving and drawing, mixed with modern pattern design and coloration work. Her designs are a celebration of colour and freedom, with intricate detail that covers broad spectrums of interest. Her travels in Asia and Europe have inspired her work to mix cultures.

"Modernista" by Michele Rondelli & Sophie Probst 

Liz Collins is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Employing a range of natural to synthetic materials, incorporating vivid colours, dynamic patterns, emphasizing textures and inventive structures, Collins enjoys pushing the limits and doing the unexpected across the spectrum of textile media. Her artworks surround the viewer in vibrating colour fields to explore the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation. The cacophonic play of optics, texture, colour and scale, recreates her wavering experience of the world as a place of stupendous wonder and cosmic energy.

"Bang!" by Liz Collins

 

HARRY ALLEN X ZIGZAGZURICH

Harry Allen is an American industrial and interior designer. In 1993, he founded Harry Allen Design, located in New York City’s East Village. Allen has designed furniture, lighting, products and interiors for a variety of international clients. Notable designs include the interior of the design store Moss, the Reality line for Areaware, including the Bank in the Form of a Pig and the bottle for Marc Jacob’s Bang perfume. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

BELLEVUE NYC Cotton Blanket by Harry Allen X ZigZagZurich

The Bellevue blanket is made from a pattern that is one in a series that Harry Allen appropriated from the buildings of New York City. Most architecture has an internal geometry. The image on the Bellevue blanket was taken at 23rd St and the FDR Drive. It borrows the windows and vents from a building that is part of Bellevue Hospital.

After photographing the buildings, Allen isolates and abstracts features and then creates a repeat from these elements. The designer tries to do as little manipulation as possible, but of course images are not always perfect and patterns need to repeat precisely, so he adjustes them accordingly.

Because they start from photographs, these patterns come laden with information. Bellevue, for instance, is the oldest hospital in the USA, and ‘The Cube,’ as this building is known, was completed in 1974. The building was designed by Pomerance & Breines in association with Katz, Waisman, Weber, Strauss, and Joseph Blumenkranz.

"When I took the image of the building I was only after the texture. I love the varied architectural landscape of New York and the Brutalist façade of the Bellevue Cube, with its coffered windows, caught my eye. However, it has not always been so admired. Despite the critics, I love the pattern it yeiled for this blanket. Cement translated into woven cotton. It speaks of sunlight and pure geometry. It also speaks of all the lives that have passed through the rooms. Most of my NYC building patterns honor the people behind the windows, and that brings my thoughts poetically back to this warm woven blanket, and the comfort it may provide." - Harry Allen 

Who are you?

Harry Allen

Where do you live?

New York City and Bedford, NY. 

What do you do?

I am an Industrial Designer although I have much experience designing interiors and providing creative direction.

Who & what inspires you?

Right now I am fascinated by craft and making. Of course I studied design and love art, but a recent residency at the Haystack Mountain School of craft got me back in touch with my craft roots. I was an avid potter in High School. The craft landscape in the USA was very different then; now it feels very optimistic.

What doesn’t inspire you?

Bad design.

What projects have you been recently working on?

In addition to my designs for ZigZag, I have been working on a line of mass-produced beverage containers. I am a bit of a chameleon, but I really love the promise of industrial design and mass-production; it is so democratic, allowing everyone access to great design.

What projects in your lifetime have the most significance in both of your work?

I love all of my babies, but some of my greatest hits are: 

1) The design for the Moss Store, sadly gone, in Soho NY. It was my first independent interior and my systematic cases paired with Murray Moss’s vision made for an amazing retail experience.

2) My ‘Kila’ Lamp for Ikea was my first really mass-market product.

3) The ‘Bank in the Form of a Pig’ made by Areaware, has become an icon.

4) The ‘Bang’ fragrance bottle I designed for Marc Jacobs took my REALITY aesthetic to the masses.

5) I have a special place in my heart for ‘Shed,’ a cedar closet I designed for MatterMade. It like this project takes an architectural element and brings it intop the home.

Where is design & art heading?

I keep hoping that the whole system will break down. That cities will become less important, that we will start manufacturing locally again, and that small pockets of design will spring up with unique perspectives.

What’s wrong with design?

Not enough consumers. 

Who do you think are the most influential artists & designers in recent years?

I am usually most influenced by art and design shows I see. I loved the Ettore Sottsass and Come des Garcons shows at the Met last summer, and more recently the David Hockney show, also at the Met, fed my brain.

What artists and designers have inspired you in your lifetime?

I was weaned the work of all of the great 20th century modernists and minimalists. I love Donald Judd and Sol Lewitt and all the great modernists. But that is all past and really I am inspired by whatever is in front of me. I am currently fascinated by the work of the potter, Legardo Tackett, and the last piece of art I bought was by a young textile artist named Samantha Bitman. 

What would be your best destination in the world?

Anywhere for snowboarding. I would like to ride horses in Mongolia. Colombia is probably my next big trip. Antarctica before it all melts.

Stuck on a desert island, three things that you couldn’t be without?

Food, fresh water, and my husband, John.

What is your favourite colour & why?

I definitely do not have a favorite color. I love all colors in different contexts. I am always surprised that people have favorite colors – how does that happen? It feels so arbitrary to me. I mean maybe if you have a certain skin tone you might like the way a color looks next to your skin. But they are all good in the right context. That said, I love Pantone 185 Red, sky blue, dark grey, and leafy green.

 

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LIZ COLLINS X ZIGZAGZURICH

Liz Collins is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Employing a range of natural to synthetic materials, incorporating vivid colours, dynamic patterns, emphasizing textures and inventive structures, Collins enjoys pushing the limits and doing the unexpected across the spectrum of textile media. Her artworks surround the viewer in vibrating colour fields to explore the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation. The cacophonic play of optics, texture, colour and scale, recreates her wavering experience of the world as a place of stupendous wonder and cosmic energy.

Who are you?

An artist.

Where do you live?

Brooklyn, NY.

What do you do?

Make art, friends, projects, and travel.

Who & what inspires you?

I love life and people and culture and nature. Basically being alive inspires me and my relationships with friends and lovers are as inspiring as the work of so many creative people past and present. I am often inspired by film and music and design and think a lot about energy and emotions.

What doesn’t inspire you?

Stress, political corruption, extreme violence, bad smells.

What projects have you been recently working on?

Lots of textile works, a big installation at a Queer bookstore in NYC that has a portrait show with over 90 Queer artists. I just did an art fair in March with my gallery in NYC and people loved the work. I’m having a solo show in September there so starting to envision that.

What projects in your lifetime have the most significance in both of your work?

The installations I did at the New Museum last year and at the Tang Museum 2015-2017. They were both large scale projects - immersive environments that provided space for people to linger and relax while taking in lots of art.

Where is design & art heading?

New places always.

What’s wrong with design?

Nothing. I do think that the art world could do a better job of acknowledging the design world and the robust intersections there.

Who do you think are the most influential artists & designers in recent years?

Artists: Kerry James Marshall, Yayoi Kusama, Kara Walker, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois are always influential. Designers: India Mahdavi, Rei Kawakubo, Patricia Urquiola, Etorre Sotsass, Nathalie Du Pasquier.

What artists and designers have inspired you in your lifetime?

Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Junichi Arai, Janine Antoni, Andrea Zittel, Agnes Martin, Bridget Riley, Aligheiro Boetti, Gunta Stozl, Sol LeWitt, Lenore Tawney, Nick Cave, Anne Wilson.

What would be your best destination in the world?

Tahiti or some other exquisite tropical island.

Stuck on a desert island, three things that you couldn’t do without?

Scissors, Rope, Wine.

What is your favourite colour & why?

Red- it’s powerful.

MOIRÉ X ZIGZAGZURICH

Moiré is a Zurich based Graphic Design Studio founded in 2000 by Marc Kappeler, Simon Trüb and Dominik Huber. They work in the fields of editorial design, visual identity and type design. For the last few years Moiré was designing various projects for museums, architects and magazines from London to Moscow. Moiré has won several awards and gets frequently recognized in various areas such as medias and exhibitions. Some of Moiré typefaces are published by GrilliType.

Join Me Cotton Blanket

Who are you?

Three graphic designers with enthusiasm for the arts.

Where do you live?

Zurich, Switzerland.

What do you do?

We are working in the fields of editorial design, corporate identity and type design. For the last few years Moiré was designing various projects for museums, architects and fashion labels from London to Moscow.

Who & what inspires you?

Laura Owens, Jonathan Lasker, St Vincent, Dirty Projectors, Yuval Harari, 
Vladimir Sorokin. Water, the sky, vegetation, music, literature, nice conversations.

What doesn’t inspire you?

Facebook.

What projects have you been recently working on?

At the moment we are finalising our new Typeface «GT Flexa». GT Flexa will be released at grillitype.com later this year. Next to this we are working on the rebranding of the Swiss fashion label Julian Zigerli and on a newspaper on political art for the Schirn Kunsthalle Fankfurt.

What projects in your lifetime have the most significance in both of your work?

Since its launch in 2011, the longform magazine «Reportagen» has become an all-round engagement for us. Moiré is collaborating with «Reportagen» from the very beginning, developed the original editorial concept and the design, the magazine‘s typeface «GT Sectra» and the website.

Where is design & art heading?

Hopefully some artists, architects and designers will be able to invent new and sustainable concepts of communication and social interaction for the upcoming digital world. In these digital societies, skills like self-empowering and self-motivation might become much more important. Some creative professionals are probably qualified to provide these skills to the society. Towards a more equal world.

What’s wrong with design?

It’s mostly not yet sustainable at all.

Who do you think are the most influential artists & designers in recent years?

The interactive designers at Apple, Google, Amazon etc.

What artists and designers have inspired you in your lifetime?

Andy Warhol, El Lissitzky, Christopher Wool, Alexander McQueen, Rose Wylie.

What would be your best destination in the world?

Utopia.

Stuck on a desert island, three things that you couldn’t be without?

Swimming pool, stylish sunglasses and friends to booze.

What is your favourite colour & why?

The endless nuances of green in the nature.

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