THE COLLABORATION COLLETT- ZARZYCKI FOR CHRISTOPHER FARR
Anthony Collett (centre) and Andrzej Zarzycki’s ( far right) rugs for Christopher Farr are bespoke and covetable. As four of the studio’s designs, by Georgia Collett ( left), are made available to buy for the first time, she discusses her process and insp
What’s your background? Before becoming senior designer at CollettZarzycki, I studied fashion and textiles at Central St Martins and then textiles at the Royal College of Art. Before switching to interiors, I worked as a print designer in the fashion industry for a number of years. Explain the inspiration behind this new range… Abstract expressionism, the work of Anni Albers and American folk art. To begin with, I played around with mark making on loose sheets of paper.
What was the next step? I photographed these drawings and put them into the computer, adjusting the colours, scale and compositions. Each pixel of the images then became translated into a single knot for Christopher Farr’s artisan rug makers. They selected the best materials for each design. ‘Assembled Stripe’, for instance, is made from Afghan wool, which takes colour in a wonderfully irregular way, accentuating the gestural brushstrokes. ‘Ink Stripe’, meanwhile, is made from silk, which adds a subtle shimmer.
What about the colours? We felt that it was important to keep the rugs neutral and monochrome, so that they could work with many different styles of furniture. Plus, the patterns are so bold, it works well if the colours are more subdued. Pictured above: ‘Brushstroke’ rug, £14,165, Christopher Farr (christopherfarr.eu)