salone del mobile 2017: london-based shiro studio reveals ‘particles’ as a handmade rug for italian brand nodus, that pays tribute to the philosophical work of german thinker gottfried leibniz. more specifically, the design reflects on his theory of monads which are seen as indivisible and fundamental existing entities. set to be exhibited at the april edition of salone del mobile 2017 in milan, the rug becomes a contemplative product — shifting between design, physics and philosophy. 

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‘particles’ rug by shiro studio for italian luxury rug manufacturer nodus



andrea morgante, founder of shiro studio, explains that a deep, metaphysical meaning has been embedded when designing the carpet for nodus. ‘the rug is a visual manifestation that questions the concept of absolute, indivisible singularity and the relationship of an individual towards their immediate environment’. the same reflection could be shifted towards a more contemporary definition of society, in light of the recent geo-political events: is the rug depicting an individual or a community of connected individuals? hence, during the salone del mobile, visitors will be met with an unspoken understanding and/or questioning of the present world. 

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‘particles’ explores the philosophical theory of monads by gottfried leibniz



‘the unique displacement and relative density of these particles informs the perceived universe, and the rug depicts the infinitesimal moment in time where man is portrayed as a precarious and porous assembly of individual particles, evaporating and blending into the surrounding environment’, expresses the studio. 

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up close of the hand-crafted rug

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detail of the dots’ variable density 

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the rug depicts man as a cluster of individual floating entities

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conceptual study model

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shiro studio particles rug is handmade in india and features a 120 knots per square inch definition



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