Vlisco Recycled // ‘Vlisco Recycled Carpets’ builds on extensive material research Simone Post initiated into the leftover textiles of Vlisco, a Dutch-based textile manufacturer of high-end wax-printed fabrics mainly exported to Africa. The process of designing and producing these fabrics is complicated. In each of the 27 treatments the wax fabric goes through, things can go wrong. Safeguarding their quality standard, Vlisco cannot bring the misprints to market. Only the best of the best goes to Africa.
Using leftovers as well as rejected textiles, Simone Post has developed a line of high-quality carpets. Whereas destruction of the leftover and rejected textiles is time consuming and costly, recycling is environmentally sustainable and also offers a challenging platform for innovation. An obvious restriction for new products made from the waste materials, was for these not to interfere with existing Vlisco products. Also, the new products should not display any flaws from manufacturing defects in the original prints.
Inspired by the side view of the large rolls used to store and transport the textiles, the fabrics are cut into thin strips and then folded and coiled into sturdy carpets.
The Vlisco Recycled Carpets are currently produced and distributed by Label/Breed in The Netherlands.
Studio Simone Post // Simone Post is a Dutch textile and product designer. Her work is characterized by material experiments, in-depth research and a love for colour, print and crafts. She strives for her designs to be sustainable, either in terms of material use or with reference to cultural heritage like traditions, storytelling, clothing and traditional skills and technologies.
In addition to running her own design practice, Simone has been one of the initiators of Enivsions in 2016. Seeking cooperation with a variety of industries, she has specialised in spotting new innovative possibilities. As an outsider, she can bring a completely new view and concept to existing companies. To Simone, the finished product is not necessarily the most interesting aspect of the design process, but he has a penchant for the research process itself, the potential of materials and techniques, the unexpected outcomes of experiments and the beauty of semi-finished products, making designing into an infinitely intriguing process and business.
Photo Credits // Mathijs Labadie and Simone Post