24 / Sep / 2019
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the TextielMuseum in Tilburg is proud to announce a new collaboration with textile designer Mae Engelgeer. Inspired by the museum’s own collection and the Bauhaus movement, she created a modern table linen collection woven on digital looms in the TextielLab.
Inspired by Bauhaus
One hundred years after the Bauhaus was founded, the modern design principles of the legendary institute remain a source of inspiration for many artists, designers and architects. Mae Engelgeer’s collection is called ERA, as a tribute to the current centenary Bauhaus. The collection consists of a tablecloth in different sizes, a table runner and napkins. The Bauhaus influence can clearly be seen in the tablecloth’s graphic pattern and use of colour, as well as in the innovative yarns and variation in bindings.
Mae Engelgeer translated classic Bauhaus principles into a contemporary product, using her own signature palette, contrasting harmonious colour combinations with bright accents. Reflecting Mae’s personal style as well as characteristic Bauhaus textiles is a refined use of lustrous materials, giving rise to subtle lines in the design. While the Bauhaus weaving department was known for incorporating new, glossy yarns such as copper and cellophane, Mae worked with a combination of viscose and polyester, creating a subtle sheen in her ERA table linen.
The table linen also features a wide array of structures. This is achieved by incorporating multiple bindings in a single textile, which is technically very challenging. “I’ve experimented and developed new designs in the TextielLab for years, and in this commission, I wanted to push the boundaries of what a loom can do,” Mae explains.
Creative process of the table linen collection by Mae Engelgeer, photos: Josefina Eikenaar
About Mae Engelgeer
Designing textiles is Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer’s primary focus. She studied at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and the Sandberg Institute, before going on to start her own studio in 2013. Working from her fascination with craftsmanship, she explores the possibilities of modern machinery, translating traditional techniques into contemporary textiles. In addition to her own collections, Mae has also worked with international brands such as cc-tapis, Kvadrat, FEST Amsterdam and Auping.