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Chopard LOVE party at Cannes Film Festival

At the Film Festival in Cannes, France, we partnered up with Chopard and Aquafil to craft a multi-coloured carpet with green characteristics at the Chopard LOVE Party.

For more than twenty years, the Swiss watch and jewellery brand has worked in a glittering partnership with the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. In addition to creating the legendary Palme d’Or and all the trophies to be awarded at the closing ceremony, the luxury brand organises unforgettable parties featuring jaw-dropping jewels on display, celebrities and VIPs.

Part of an infinite design flow

For the 2019 LOVE Party theme, every element from décor to cocktails was specially selected – including the custom ege carpet crafted in ECONYL® yarn from Aquafil.

ECONYL® is a brand of regenerated nylon that is made from recycled waste instead of oil and is regenerable an infinite number of times without any compromise in quality. Thus, Aquafil diverts global waste streams from landfills and oceans such as fishing net, carpet and industrial plastic.

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As well as ege carpets, designers use ECONYL® to produce a wide range of textile products such as sportswear, swimwear, bags – and even eyewear.

We are honoured to be collaborating with Chopard this year for their annual LOVE Party. The LOVE Party is one of the stand out red carpet moments at Cannes Film Festival and with Chopard, we are excited to see all aspects of sustainable design, from the jewellery to the carpet, at the centre of this year’s festival.

– Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil

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Sustainable partnership

As well as dressing the floors of this annual soiree hosted by Chopard, Aquafil and ege carpets have previously collaborated when fitting the CFDA Awards by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Green Carpet Fashion Awards with stately red carpets.

After this high profile celebration of international film, the Chopard carpet will be reused before being recycled. The worn part will be regenerated and the rest repurposed, ensuring that the ECONYL® value creation continues.

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Green Carpet Fashion Awards with Hamish Bowles

Stella McCartney, Anna Wintour and Sophia Loren walked the most sustainably created carpet to grace Milan Fashion Week 2019. For the third annual Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, 2019 (a true Fashion Week highlight) our centrepiece custom design carpet welcomed guests celebrating the commitment of fashion houses to sustainability, as they continue to work to embrace rapid global change and expectation while consciously preserving the heritage and authenticity of small-scale producers.

A carpet design in honour of Leonardo da Vinci

The event, organised by Eco-Age and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, took place at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Beautifully combining the aesthetics of fashion with the importance of sustainability, the 2,000 m2 carpet spanned the entirety of the Piazza della Scala, a stunning welcome for celebrities and guests attending the awards.

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Appointed Creative Director of the awards for the second year, Vogue Editor Hamish Bowles exploited the design freedom of Ege Carpets to the fullest extent when creating the impressive floral motif. 500 years after his death, Bowles paid homage to Leonardo da Vinci by transferring his exquisite works and Renaissance tapestries into a carpet aesthetic, with organically shaped, vividly coloured, oversized flowers, beautifully spread across a fresh green background.

Sustainable carpet design available to all

Made with ECONYL® yarn, the carpet was not only pleasing to the guests, but the planet too. ECONYL® yarn is made from regenerated waste such as discarded fishing nets and is regenerable an infinite number of times without any compromise in quality. Thus, this specific type of yarn helps divert global waste streams from landfills and oceans.

Designers use ECONYL® in a wide range of textile products such as sportswear, swimwear, bags, eyewear and… carpets! Click this link to learn how ECONYL® carpets allow you to specify sustainable design solutions in your next interior project.

Going on a high-profile event tour

Having fitted all three Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Ege Carpets once again demonstrate the suitability of sustainable carpets for demanding design events. And as long-term ambitions are important too, the carpet will be reused for other high-profile events across Europe, including Rome and London, before being recycled through the unique ECONYL® Regeneration Process that will transform it into new products.

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Garden State Hotel, Melbourne

The hugely ambitious 2,000 square-metre project preserves much of the original factory’s saw tooth roof while opening its central bays to form a terraced beer garden that has the feel of a Victorian conservatory, a hidden botanical haven to be explored.

The contemporary architecturally designed pub is a versatile space, with different rooms and areas to support varied audiences and functions. Technē Architecture + Interior Design imbues these diverse spaces with intriguing interconnections and a sense of exploration for their guests. While a front bar is still likely to be a vibrant community watering hole, bespoke dining areas and beautiful private function rooms create opportunities where the pub now services the entire hospitality spectrum, from casual get togethers to finer dining and corporate events.

The sophisticated design creates a flow between spaces diverse in function, capacity and architectural inspiration. The distinctive carpet designs all contribute to the vibrant yet cozy atmosphere not to forget superior acoustics.

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Seiko robot R&D center: 360 degrees carpets

It all comes down to the respect for human nature

The interior concept of Sozhou Bozhong Seiko Robot R&D Center is based on the principle that an excellent interior design is built around respect for human nature.

So, to create a comfortable work space the design team from Gold Mantis Construction Decoration Co., Ltd. made in-depth interviews with employees from all levels of the Suzhou Bozhong Seiko Robot R&D Center organisation in the early design stage. This was to fully understand the needs and wishes to be met when creating an environment calling for wellbeing and ultimately improved work efficiency.

To create a human-centered interior design Tong Chao and Xu Rong decided on integrating the earth, air and water elements from the external landscape to the indoor environment.

360 degrees carpet design

When designing the R&D conference room, a 360 degrees custom carpet was developed to encourage employees to generate more and better ideas in their brainstorming process. By installing carpet on the floor, wall and ceiling, the design featuring an astronaut in space signals that everything is possible as long as you believe.

Besides contributing with improved sound absorption, the overall carpet installation also spoils the employees’ sense of feeling by being so tangible on several surfaces.

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For the R&D conference room we specified carpets for the floor, wall and ceiling to avoid interfering the idea-generating environment with hard materials.

Tong Chao, Gold Mantis Construction Decoration Co. Ltd.

Besides contributing with improved sound absorption, the overall carpet installation also spoils the employees’ sense of feeling by being so tangible on several surfaces.

The carpet designs materialise the company vision

Suzhou Bozhong Seiko Robot R&D Center develops commercial, industrial and military robots. Already serving humans in the desert, the ocean and the forest, the R&D conference room carpet pushes limits further by asking the question: Why not make robots serve us in outer space? Actually, the carpet design is an interpretation of the company owner’s vision as expressed in the question above and thus this overall intention trickles down the organisation by means of expressive carpet designs, among others.

When asked about the inspiration for the specific designs, Tong Chao and Xu Rong enhance God’s perspective and Google Maps. During the design process accompanied by ege designer Rita Cao, the design team saw the possibility of expressing various design themes through the carpets. So, they decided to set as many different themes as possible according to the spatial characteristics.

Carpets as area definers

Tong Chao and Xu Rong use rugs to define smaller areas in open spaces. Thus, specific patterns visually communicate ‘instant communication areas’ and ‘independent thinking zones’.

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Besides this, carpets are used to complement the remaining interior by repeating colours to underline specific atmospheres. For example, in the desert area colours of carpets, furniture fabrics and ceilings comprise warm yellows. Contrary to this, the ocean area is a cool-toned environment with a combination of white glaciers and shades of blue.

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Want to know more about custom design?

A detailed presentation or just a quick sketch, a photograph, a certain type of texture or particular pattern: any idea you may have – we will merge into the perfect carpet for your project. All you need to do is give us design proposals describing your ideas and wishes and our creative design team will draw up a design draft. Based on your input, we develop a series of design proposals with precise emphasis on what you wish to highlight.

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Hotel Pacai: Multiple visions coming together

Considering interior design to be an extremely powerful tool to tell the story of the former palace and create a direct dialogue with each guest, Indrė Baršauskaitė and Greta Valikonė, architects and founders of YES.design.architecture, set 4 initial goals for the restoration project:

– To tell the historic story of the building

– To unite the past and present visually

– To create a harmonic and artistic atmosphere

– To blend in Baltic culture in an authentic way

Embedding centuries in one single interior design

In the heart of Vilnius’ Old Town, home to a university, a presidential palace and an abundance of museums, embassies and not forgetting the city’s coolest spots for dining and drinking, Hotel PACAI perfectly echoes the quarter’s 17th-century baroque grandeur, yet augments it with a contemporary twist.

Opening its hotel doors in spring 2018, the palace and former residence of Lithuanian nobles Pacai, was one of the most ornate in Vilnius for a few centuries. Dating back to 1677, the palace has witnessed the times of Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth, the rule of Russian tsars and Napoleon’s entrance to Vilnius.

Today, dressed as Hotel PACAI, the building is an oasis of cross-sensory experiences, reviving the vibe of the palace and its noble past. The hotel invites to indulge in singular architecture, lavish design in authentic Baltic colour palette and dreamy art. The restored palace has gained two more floors and is now a 5-story, 104-room hotel with a reconstructed baroque roof.

Clay, tin and original barn wood do the work

With the most of the palace’s spaces dating back centuries, the designers’ goal was to keep the history visible in a quite direct way. Thus, the existing frescoes and unique textures of the walls are emphasized through lightning.

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And generally, all materials and details are specified for their elegance and classical purity. Through the resent renovation, for example, traditional materials such as clay, tin, stone and original barn wood were used. The new part of the hotel is crafted to serve as a supporting backdrop to the palace.

2 carpet stories

The historical part of the palace was revived with the help of a detailed and historically minded architectural plan. Indrė Baršauskaitė and Greta Valikonė explain: “A unique carpet design is one of the tools used to reflect the hotel concept striving at uniting the relationship between modern and historical in an authentic visual story.”

Though each carpet for the guest rooms are individual, they are grouped in 2 overall themes. Thus, some carpets reflect the relationship between old and new through patterns of well-known materials like black and white marble. With no intention of making a complete imitation, this group of designs aims at using marble as a natural inspiration to celebrate the variety and authenticity of our impressive nature.

The second design theme interprets the Baltic region’s seasonal colours by transferring the colours of each season to carpets. The designs are developed through blurred paintings created in a workshop with painters and various artists. In the process, the design team scrapped many sketches with only a few making their way to the floors.

“Each piece of carpet in the rooms, conference halls and selected corridors are original works of art created by Lithuanian painters and transferred to soft carpet. No rooms feature the same pattern so each space becomes unique and exceptional, just as every single guest.”
Indrė Baršauskaitė and Greta Valikonė, architects and founders of YES.design.architecture
“The carpet we love the most? A painted pattern in pastel colours reflecting the Baltic winter season.”
Indrė Baršauskaitė and Greta Valikonė, architects and founders of YES.design.architecture

A cozy, artistic atmosphere includes soft, deep tones in the public areas and artwork in the rooms. Soft materials as furniture fabrics, curtains and rugs were specified to avoid installing acoustic panels.