Fall in love with tex­tiles

Tina Sei­den­faden Busck, founder of Copen­hagen de­sign gallery The Apart­ment, shares her pas­sion for the time­less, artis­tic rugs by Swedish pi­o­neer Märta Måås-fjet­ter­ström

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words CLARE SARTIN Photography HEIDI LERKENFELDT/CPH ED­I­TO­RIAL Pro­duc­tion MAJA HAHNE REGILD

Dis­cover the work of Swedish rug de­signer Märta Måås-fjet­ter­ström – un­der­foot or hang­ing like art­works, these vin­tage pieces are very now

From the hand-knot­ted rugs which have kept Ber­ber tribes warm dur­ing cold win­ters in the Atlas Moun­tains to the in­tri­cate ta­pes­tries which have graced Euro­pean cas­tles for gen­er­a­tions, tex­tiles have al­ways been used not just to keep us warm but to dec­o­rate and tell sto­ries. And, in the small Swedish town of Bas­tad, home to the Märta Måås-fjet­ter­ström mu­seum and tex­tile mill, a new story is be­ing told.

The his­toric venue, once the workspace of pi­o­neer­ing tex­tile de­signer Måås-fjet­ter­ström (1883–1941), was re­cently trans­formed by this in­spir­ing ex­hi­bi­tion cu­rated by Tina Sei­den­faden Busck, founder of Copen­hagen-based in­te­rior de­sign gallery and shop The Apart­ment. Tina’s in­ten­tion was to give vis­i­tors to the mu­seum an in­sight into the in­cred­i­ble craft­man­ship that cre­ated these pieces.

‘Al­though sev­eral of the rugs on dis­play are more than 80 years old, my fo­cus has been to show how con­tem­po­rary they re­main,’ says Tina, who has strate­gi­cally scat­tered a se­lec­tion of cut­ting-edge pieces by the likes of Bel­gian de­sign duo Martin Van Sev­eren and Lon­don-based Michael Anas­tas­si­ades amidst the tex­tiles. ‘The theme of the ex­hi­bi­tion is wall hang­ings, be­cause I think they are an easy, mod­ern way to add cosi­ness and warmth to any room.’

The mu­seum and mill are still home to 15 weavers, who work to Måås-fjet­ter­ström’s de­signs (in­clud­ing the 700 sketches for pat­terns that the de­signer never pro­duced in her life­time). But the Swedish vi­sion­ary’s legacy is not stag­nant; the mill also pro­duces new pat­terns by artists Bar­bro Nils­son, Mar­i­anne Richter and Ann-mari Fors­berg.

Why is there such a re­newal of in­ter­est in rugs? ‘Colours and fab­rics are back in favour af­ter years of a more min­i­mal­ist style. I think we are drawn to the time and ef­fort that is in­volved in mak­ing them. They touch some­thing nos­tal­gic in us,’ says Tina. mmf.se; thea­part­ment.dk

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