What would happen if creative product designers took industrial materials and applied their creativity to integrate them with decorative yarns and fabrics? This is the question answered by the latest exhibit in the Concept Gallery, “Converged Lines.”
Sherri Donghia, a leading New York designer who consults with the Sunbrella® design team, curated the exhibit. Her goal was to illustrate some of the aesthetic and functional possibilities when diverse materials, both technical and decorative, are brought together in unexpected ways.
“I want this exhibit to dissolve and blur boundaries of industrial, decorative, artisanal residential and commercial materials in the Glen Raven world that in unexpected combinations seduce the viewers with design excitement,” she said.
The Concept Gallery exhibit includes inspired creations in jewelry, apparel, art and home décor created with materials from the worlds of technical, industrial and decorative materials. From decorative pillows to wall hangings and from jewelry to artwork, the exhibit illustrates how the bounds of innovation are stretched when the lines of creative thinking and material applications are converged.
“The exhibit shows how our industrial materials can be applied in the creation of unique handmade products,” said Paige Mullis, director of concept development at Glen Raven. “Consumers are drawn to stories about the process of product development and production, especially when it combines the handmade with the machine made and is repurposed or recycled.”