Nature-inspired design for OBJECT CARPET. A carpet changes the look of a space. It adds a unique feel and conveys a special atmosphere. “How do we create an indoor/outdoor carpet that can easily withstand various weather conditions and high traffic and still be sensual and smooth? That not only has a distinct natural look and feel, but is also fully recyclable? Can a carpet made from recycled plastic waste have a texture similar to natural silk?” This was the challenge at the beginning of the collaboration for O BJECT CARPET featuring a collection of indoor but also the company's very first outdoor carpets.
MEDITERRANEO – by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez. Bare feet welcome: A fully recyclable indoor/outdoor carpet collection that feels surprisingly soft to the touch.
As a result, the company known for cutting edge research and innovation developed a completely new yarn for its very first outdoor carpet. The pile material i s 100% recycled polyester from industrial and consumer waste. The traditional craft of delicately spinning different yarns transforms the materials in MEDITERRANEO into a contemporary texture. This special treatment and production process gives the carpet collection its unexpected note: Despite its robust and natural appearance that is reminiscent of rattan, the carpet is surprisingly smooth. It becomes distinctly s oft with a sensual feel, conveying the lightness of the Mediterranean. Its natural haptics invite you to take off your shoes.
The MEDITERRANEO collection includes a variety of 12 designs with four different weave patterns (MILO, RODI, MENORCA and CAPRI) in three different shades (TALCO, SABBIA and VULCANO) that reflect an authentic, natural color palette. As a standalone carpet (RUGX), it offers many options for in and outdoor locations. The design by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rod riguez embodies a sense of effortless yet refined Mediterranean charm. Traditional values are carried over into the industrial era with a completely new look and feel.
The natural character of the collection is emphasized by the unique NATURAL BORDER. It g ets its very special touch through a new type of edging. The sewn edges with open yarn ends reflect the Mediterranean lifestyle and is a special feature that meets even robust outdoor requirements. Besides the NATURAL BORDER, MEDITERRANEO carpets are also available in TEXTILE BORDER. It frames the RUGX with an exclusive textile band, specially made from the same yarn.
The resilient carpet is the perfect solution for both private and public areas: It is easy to clean, dries quickly and is water and UV resistant so it can easily withstand outdoor conditions.
“This fully recyclable collection relieves nature by enabling countless lifecycles. We wanted to highlight the materiality, the feel and the natural aesthetics with their differentiated color tones. The result is a collection that communicates a Mediterranean heritage look, that is very robust and weather resistant a nd that can be used flexibly in both indoors and outdoors,” explains Designer Antonio Rodriguez.
Matteo Thun emphasizes: “As architects, we were waiting to develop a waste free and entirely recyclable carpet collection that can also be used outside The result is a beautifully textured and conscious material that belies its humble origins we are very happy with it!”
About the manufacturing and recycling process:
The processing of waste into the recyclable M EDITERRANEO collection uses a multi step approach in which collected, sorted and cleaned waste is turned into polyester chips. Then converted into filament fibers from which the carpet is made. Compared to the production of carpet from new polyester, this sustainable manufacturing process significantly avoids CO2 emissions. And after its use, M EDITERRANEO can be recycled again and again countless times.
Sizes and delivery times:
RUGX in standard sizes: ø2m, 2x2m, 2x3m, 2x4m are usually available within 2 weeks. OBJECT CARPET provides also custommade options on request , available within 4-6 weeks
About Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez Design, Milano
Matteo Thun & Partners is where pleasure and feeling meet on a human scale. Renowned for a responsible approach to architecture, design and communication, projects are forces for good, respecting the relationships between people, places and products to ensure everyday enhancement. Incorporating and respecting the natural world, 80 architects and designers across Milan and Munich create tailor-made solutions for lifestyle enhancing homes, high-end hospitality, humane healthcare and inspirational workplaces. Complemented by product design and branding graphic design, the studio’s holistic approach shapes iconic architectural schemes, products and brand visions for a worldwide clientele.
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