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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

Egyptian cotton bedding and why you just have to sleep in it

What is so special about Egyptian cotton?

Egyptian cotton is a very high quality fiber with extra long staple length. The staple length is the fiber length of a yarn. Egyptian cotton is grown mainly in the Nile Delta, where the warm, dry climate is ideal for growing cotton.

Our special vintage luxury bedding collection celebrates traditional weaving and high quality manufacturing, everything is made and confectioned in Italy. The fabrics are woven in our weaving mill in Italy, in small quantities, from the finest Egyptian cotton. They are first colored in a special process to give them their unique intensity. The woven fabric is then washed in old conventional water tubs hot and then dried. The fabrics are so softer and get a nice and textured surface, with a unique grip. Some call it antique, others 'shabby chic', for us it is exclusively yarn-dyed and handcrafted Italian luxury bedding. 

Why Egyptian cotton is the best to sleep in.

In general, Egyptian cotton is the preferred fiber. It breathes, resulting in cool comfort under warm and to warmth in cold conditions. Cotton washes easily and well also Egyptian Cotton is skin-friendly and anti-allergic. Unlike synthetic fabric, Egyptian cotton is a natural product and contains no chemicals. The entire plant can be completely recycled from the production of yarns and fabrics to the production of cooking oils and plastics. The long, luxurious fibers of Egyptian cotton are stronger than other fibers and are easier to spin into threads. The uniform length of the threads make them easy to weave into a stable, shimmering fabric. Although it enjoys a good reputation worldwide and is grown internationally, Egyptian cotton accounts for only 0.5% of global cotton production. This will keep her luxury status. The high-quality fibers are particularly soft, stable and resilient.

 Yarn Dyed Vintage Egyptian Cotton Bedding Collection

Vintage Egyptian Cotton Bedding - Col. Nickel 

Vintage Egyptian Cotton Bedding - Col. Indigo

Vintage Egyptian Cotton Bedding - Col. Baby Blue 

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