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Description of the project  
   
Textiles for objects of interior (lamps, screens, blinds, cushions, poufs and carpets)  
   
A textile office of creation united to a hand weaving workroom in Brussels
 
Origins of the project
We met each other through the teaching project we set up in the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Brussels (Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles-ESA). We then discovered our affinity with each other in the way we comprehended textile design. We never stopped sharing our experiences and questions. Over the months, our willingness to work together on a project took shape, a project that would put into practise the concepts and ideas our reflections had led us to.

So this is about a two-voice and four-hand-work, a new space where each of us takes the other's sensivity into account. The products we design are the result of what each of us, beyond our personal careers, has discovered and shared, more than an artificial sum of two asserted subjectivities.
Habit-T was born.
 
Concepts and Objectives
 
Manual expertise and technology in symbiosis
The guiding line in designing the material is the desire to link and make use of the potential richness of traditional expertise (using weaving potentialities and specificities) and of technology advance rather than bringing them into conflict or choosing a uniform method of production.
The products are hand-woven, yet we also make use of technology in the design process. So, we are trying to bring about a conjunction of these various methods rather than putting them in competition.

We reassert the value of weaving expertise by making the most of its complexity and ingenuity, that is to say by analysing and working on every component that plays a part in its elaboration.

Thoughts about the product

The products we lay out are the result of a long thought on various elements:

  • Technique
    The products are made in our workrooms on manual computer-assisted looms. Using hand weaving makes flexibility in design possible.
  • Respect of the material
    We wish to arouse awareness, to take advantage of and give concrete expression to the thought we gave to the value of the materials and of all the processes necessary for producing a material within the limits of the planet resources.
  • Choice of the materials
    We chose to use three different materials:

    - Flax, which is regularly used as a support for other materials. Apart from its solidity, we chose to use this locally grown material, typical of our regions.

    - A salvaged synthetic tarpaulin from industrial products destined to waste collection centres. This concept is not new but we think that today, it is of the highest importance to recycle materials in the eyes of the seriousness of ecological problems. Besides, these originally white tarpaulins make it possible for us to design an infinite range of printed patterns.
    The idea is, on the one hand, to make use of a process allowing us to make the best use of the salvaged material and, on the other hand, to convert this originally insignificant material and magnify it, even into something unrecognizable and mysterious.

    - Leather, which is used for a top-of-the-range model in various colours. We have opened up the range of materials to leather for its nobleness and timelessness.
  • Form
    We are concerned about not impeding the material drape and the resulting writing. Thanks to their intentionally uncluttered form, our products emphasize the nobleness of the designed material. Moreover, the distinctive feature of weaving is to give birth to rectangle parallelepipeds which are devised to be adjustable. Finally, hand weaving enables us to work to made-to-measure orders.
  • Production
    To be concrete, we are anxious to use as a priority the local human and material resources in the two major production stages:
    – Recycling materials: tarpaulins and flax used for weaving come from Belgian companies.
    – Production : All our products are made and woven in Belgium.

Our partners :

Deltracon NV, top-of-the-range linen furnishing fabrics
Jos Vanneste NV, linen mill in Harelbeke (Belgium)
SA Lemmens, tarpaulin and marquee handling in Tilff (Belgium)
Archétype SPRL, designers and model makers in Forest/Brussels (Belgium)