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HIT THE BEACH IN STYLE

Rock on the sand with ZigZagZurich beach towels!

"TOKIO" beach towel by Michele Rondelli.

Gabriel Nazoa is a Venezuelan designer based in Paris. He designed our new collection of towels inspired by sport & typography. His designs show in a funny way the lines of sport grounds such as tennis and football courts, which we then converted into colorful beach towels. 

Beach Towles

CATHERINE LAVOIE X ZIGZAGZURICH

Catherine Lavoie is an artist, illustrator & designer from Québec City, Canada. Her work is inspired by graphic design, nature, travels & daily life objects. Her creations are refined, gracious and colourful. With a background in Visual Arts she seeks for an aesthetic that recalls serigraphy with the simplicity of its shapes, images & colors. She creates visuals for textiles, products, packaging & editorials. Through various retailers she sells her own prints & stationery line. She also produces custom unique high-end artworks for commercial purpose, commissions & art shows. The cotton blankets she designed for ZigZagZurich are inspired by summertime and by the lightness of being.

Who are you ?

I am Catherine Lavoie, an artist, illustrator and designer.


Where do you live?

I live in Québec, Canada.

What do you do ?

I create minimalist, bold and colourful visuals. I do silk screening, hand drawing, digital art and illustration and I’ve recently started doing pottery, which is truly inspiring and challenging.


What doesn’t inspire you ?

Negativity, surcharged spaces.

What projects have you been recently working on?

I have collaborated with a Canadian retailer to create prints for t-shirts. I have created a fun memory card game for kids. Created custom artwork for T.V. set, created illustration for a vinyl album..etc

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

Leaving my 9 to 5 designer job to work full time on my art was the most significant move I have ever made.

From that moment on, the projects and collaborations I've been working on just exploded, and so did my creativity!

Where is design & art heading?

I think they are both heading towards a more minimalist, green & handmade aesthetic. 

What’s wrong with design?

Sometimes, design tends to follow fashion. From my point of view, I don't see anything wrong with the idea of a timeless design. Like Paul Rand said: “Good design doesn’t date. Bad design does’’.

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

Jamie Hayon, Ronan Bouroullec, Raf Simons, Olimpia Zagnoli, Bobby Clark.

What artists and designers have inspired you in your lifetime?

Matisse, Alexander Girard, Vasarely, Dieter Rams, Paul Rand, Ellsworth Kelly, Maija Isola, John Zabawa, Anna Kovecses, Olimpia Zagnoli, and so many others!

What would be your best destination in the world?

I have already been there but would love to go back to Japan.

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

My cat, even though he is not a thing, sunglasses & an iPad with internet connection.

What is your favourite colour & why ?

I like every colour.  I love yellow, but I think colours are truly vibrant when associated with others.

 

MAINSTREAM cotton blanket by Catherine Lavoie

THE YELLOW ORANGE by Catherine Lavoie

 

 

BYZANCE X ZIGZAGZURICH

BYZANCE is a creative studio based in Paris and founded by Laïs Duruy and Claire Le Bouteiller. Constantly abreast of new experiences, they work in the fields of identity design, art direction, graphic & pattern design and illustration. They collaborated with brands like Kenzo, Universal and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their work for ZigZagZurich is inspired by journeys and landscapes.

"We wanted to play with the strands that become the edges of the brush drawings. Also, we imagined it as a framework, not a repeated pattern. It makes it a piece that is in between decorative and purposeful." - Byzance

Who are you?

We are Byzance, a creative studio founded by Laïs Duruy and Claire Le Bouteiller.

Where do you live?

We are based in Paris but we've been living in different countries before. 

What do you do?

We try to do what we love which means we open our practice of design as much as we can. Byzance is situated at the cross of graphic & pattern design, art direction and illustration. We also like flirting with other fields, as object and space design. 

Who & what inspires you?

Laïs: "I enjoy architecture and design".

Claire: "I love XX's century paintings".

We can name some great inspirations as Ettore Sottsass, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Serge Lutens, Viviane Sassen, Malin Gabriella Nordin.. The list is quite infinite. We can also be inspired by anything that surrounds us: a stormy sky, a wired fruit or a discussion. 

What doesn't inspire you?

It will sound mad but Graphic Design! It can be well done and beautiful but we like to look everywhere else for our inspirations. 

What projects have you been recently working on?

We are directing few photo and video campaigns for small and bigger companies. We are also working with art institutions on their global identity. Aside, we continue working on personal projects.

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

We try to commission at least once a year a collective or personal exhibition. Last year, it was all about collaborations with craftsmen around the world. 

Where is design & art heading?

We like the fact that design and art are converging. We split our atelier with designers and artists friends. That gives us the possibility to push collaborations and share a common vision. 

What's wrong with design?

In France, there is till a tendency to label a designer with a distinct ability. "You are good in typography so you should work in the field of culture". We tried since the beginning of Byzance to extend our practice. As creative we have an artistic vision and we will collaborate with technical expert (scenographer, set designer, etc.) in each project that we start over.

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

Lately, we feel a return to the basis. We like the idea that contemporary artists might be inspired by their grand ma' needlework, the shape of a canteen carafe..

What artists and designers have inspired you in your lifetime?

To be a jack of all trades. The movement Art and Craft being a great example since XIX's century.

What would be your best destination in the world?

Both of us are globe-trotters. We are getting all around the world as much as possible. This year we are heading to Japan and Mexico.

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

Two bottles of water and a phone to call help?

What is your favourite colour and why?

Our favorite colors are always changing depending on our mood. 

Corinth 2

Corinth 1

Tripoli

HOW TO MEASURE A CURTAIN

The width of a daytime curtain depends entirely on your preferences and the look you're trying to achive. Some people prefer a very flat curtain, some people prefer a full curtain - with lots of waves in it. We specialize in weaving extra wide fabrics which means we cab make single large panels instead of lots of small panels - a more modern look combined with the refined fabrics we weave. Everything we do is handmade so we can make any size to order. Our universal sewing system, means that once you insert the hooks, you can attach gliders to a ceiling mounted rail or if you have a pole, attach curtains rings to the hooks. It's all designed to be simple to install yet give the look of real luxury.

CURTAIN WIDTH

1. Measure the desired width with a meter or measuring tape. If you want a curtain pair per window, halve the measured distance by two and order two curtains from it. 

2. Decide how much fabric you want in the curtain. In a flat confection add 10% (measured dimension x 1.1.) so that it covers enough laterally. If you want a normal falling curtain, you add 50% (measured size x 1.5), for a lush look you add 10% (measured size x 2). 

3. Indicate how you want the garment above. Our standard ready made comes with a universal sewing band at the top of the curtain where you simply insert hooks. 

CURTAIN HEIGHT 

1. Measure from the bottom edge of the curtain rail to flush with floor or window sill. Measure on the left, center and on the right as a room rarely has a uniform height and 1 or 2 cm can make a difference. 

2. Depending on your personal taste, subtract a few centimeters from the measure obtained or: 

a) Minus 1.5cm: Curtain hangs about 1-2cm above the ground. 

b) 0cm: Curtain is pratically on the ground. 

c) You can have the curtain pooling on the ground - especially heavy fabrics.

DAY & NGHT 

Give your rooms the perfect look by combining a day curtain sheer with a blackout curtain. The choice of a sheer, blackout or dim-out curtain allows you to decide how much light you want to let in and gives you privacy as well. 

DIM-OUT & BLACKOUT CURTAINS 

DIM-OUT means that the 90-99% of the light is blocked out.

BLACKOUT means that the 100% of all incoming light is blocked out.

Fabrics like linen and cotton are heavier fabrics that almost act like a dim-out. Our cotton and linen fabrics are yarn dyed, this means that the fabrics have a much more intensive colour and will be more resistant to sunlight and fading compared to cheap fabrics. 

 

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