sand carpets

sand carpets

‘sand carpets’ by muurbloem image © designboom

2011 marks the sixth edition of istanbul design week (IDW) whose main venue is situated at the historic old galata bridge in turkey’s largest city. the event brings together local as well as international talent through a series of exhibitions and conferences.

one of the projects on show at IDW is ‘sand carpets’ by the dutch studio muurbloem (gonette smits + astrid stoltenborg). a 2010 winner of the dutch design awards, the spatial design utilizes one of the first materials people used to create images – sand. to execute the patterns, a PVC tube is perforated and filled with the granular substance. to facilitate the work, the roller is fitted with a handle. these whimsical floor coverings do not last long however, a day at most in public spaces, but their ephemeral character lends a particular aesthetic quality. it is probably one of the simplest ways imaginable to formally decorate just about any place imaginable.

sand carpets up close image © designboom

sand carpets detail of pattern image © designboom

sand carpets image © designboom

sand carpets materials image © designboom

  • What an interesting concept! It might make people not want to walk on it! Can’t see it happening in [url=http://www.winnens.co.uk/flooring.aspx]Carpets Gloucestershire[/url].

    Flooring Company
    Oct 05, 2011
  • this is simply beautiful

    image recycled
    Oct 03, 2011
  • In many parts of India, “Rangoli”, made from the equivalent of coloured sand is in vogue since eons. The festival of Diwali is especially known for bright colourful rangolis – google for more!

    Hrishikesh
    Oct 01, 2011

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