This new series, COLLECTIBLE In-Depth, unveil the backstage of contemporary creation. Tackling various topics from personal designer processes to the position of collectible design on the global design market; these COLLECTIBLE In-Depth offer different views to suit all tastes. Today we talk with Laure Kasiers.
COLLECTIBLE: How did you get into collectible design? Why did you focus your practice on this type of design rather than industrial design?
Laure Kasiers: I got into collectible design because I have a need to create with my own hands and I like to start from scratch and end up with a finished product. Also because my personal technique automatically produces unique pieces. The design is created by my gestures, movements and the way that I manipulate the material.
The design is created by my gestures, movements and the way that I manipulate the material.
C: What is your favorite material?
Laure Kasiers: I use mostly wool; it’s THE material for rugs from throughout history, due to its specifications wool is warm, insulating, renewable, sustainable and, there are many different types of it - different natural colors, different looks and textures.
I also use linen, sometimes combined with wool. It’s also a natural and sustainable material that produce a beautiful aspect, both raw and precious, a little bit shiny.t ages well with a kind of patina effect.
C: Where do you take your inspiration from?
LK: I don’t have a specific inspiration but I think that nature in general is a great inspiration, specially the patterns, structures and color combinations created by nature and time.
C: Can you briefly describe your process?
LK: I invented a technique, combining mechanical parts and manual craft work. I use salvaged machines from a trimming mill in Flanders, which produce a ribbon with the yarn I choose, and this becomes the material I use to make the rugs. Visitors are always welcome to see the whole process at my studio in Brussels.
C: How do sustainability-related questions influence your practice?
LK: This is a central and unavoidable topic have been paying attention to this from the beginning and on many different levels:
- In a literal sense of sustainability, my products are strong enough to last throughout a long duration of time and have value as precious objects to be cherished. In addition, they are always a thoughtful and responsible purchase on the part of the buyers.
- My pieces are 100% produced in Belgium.
- An artisanal approach, which in essence is the opposite to mass production and consumption.
- Particular attention is paid to the origin and quality of the raw materials: wool and linen, natural and renewable materials, are favored for their environmental qualities. The yarn is either from Belgian factory remnants, or spun in Europe, or recycled.
The additional materials (latex and jute for the back of the carpet) are natural and biodegradable.
- An activity that generates very little waste, minimal packaging and little investment in equipment.
About Laure Kasiers
Textile designer by training, Laure Kasiers creates and manufactures carpets and other textile objects in her studio in Brussels. Thanks to her unconventional and artisanal technique, she creates shapes and patterns that are often organic, as if they came from nature, from a microscope or an aerial view, opening our imagination.
Laure Kasiers offers a constantly growing collection of models, always unique and available for individuals or professionals.
Eco-responsible and local, the production is made in Belgium from yarns spun in Europe.
Laure Kasiers, Portrait. © Geoffroy Delobel