Kvadrat launch upcycled fabric

Danish brand Kvadrat has launched a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, designed by British textile designer Georgina Wright. Revive 1 and Revive 2 are the company’s first fabrics to be made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester (PET), something Wright took into consideration when designing the pattern.

“The project began with hand weaving,” she explains. “The designs were developed in response to the material. This features small structures where the weave makes the pattern and becomes an integral part of the quality of the fabric.”

The collection’s aesthetic is inspired by the textures, colours and materials of harbours and fishing boats, according to Wright. Each comprises two colours, one in the warp and one in the weft, which are complementary or similar in tone.

Using recycled PET has a reduced impact on natural resources and uses less energy and chemicals, minimising CO2 emissions, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than for new polyester.

“We are all concerned about sustainability,” says Wright. “So the thought that a recycled object can become a new textile on a chair is hugely satisfying for a designer.”

Revive 1 comes in 25 colours and Revive 2 in 22 colours. According to the brand, the material’s durability and added flammability resistance makes them particularly suitable for contract projects. Wright previously collaborated with the brand on other fabric collections Mega and Tonica. This continues Kvadrat’s reputation for collaborating with high profile designers, including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius and fashion designer Raf Simons.

Expect to see Revive 1 and 2 featuring on many new products in 2015.


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