Kvadrat Maharam has unveiled its latest upholstery textiles collection by internationally renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Available exclusively through Kvadrat Maharam in Australia and New Zealand, the Bouroullec Knit Upholstery Collection 2014 is a carefully crafted knitted textile range consisting of three tactile designs: Canal, Gravel and Moraine.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were inspired by the structural traits of textiles that when observed under a magnifying glass, can be interpreted as ‘a lattice of threads building marvellous architectures’.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s knitted upholstery collection crafted for Kvadrat consists of three tactile designs, which project a strong sense of volume and depth. Designed to introduce a new understanding of textile material, all the designs are constructed using a double jersey knit. In designing the collection, Ronan and Erwan focused on creating textiles that derive sensual surfaces from their internal structures.

All the upholstery fabrics in the collection offer good multi-directional stretchability and comfort, opening up new upholstering horizons.

The knitted front layer of the textiles is made from fine melange wool and polyester yarns, which combine dark and light fibres and ensure a sensuous touch with a rich play of warm, delicate and irregular colour nuances. The knitted back layer is made from unicoloured polyester yarns in accent colours, providing firmness and structure, as well as an eye-catching contrast with the wool.

To produce the patterns of the textiles, thick polyester threads are inserted between the two knitted layers, which are interlocked by knitting the back to the front layer. As a result, all the designs reveal elements of their internal structure on their surfaces.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec designed the colourways for Canal, Moraine and Gravel to create ‘alive surfaces with intense depth of tones’. In doing so, they matched colours to yarn qualities, choosing diluted tones for the wool and intense hues for the polyester.

While distinctively individual, the designs share certain characteristics and colours such as a three-dimensional expression and an interlocking pattern, which combines a highlight colour and a base hue. These shared characteristics allow mixing and matching possibilities. Thanks to their excellent flexibility and comfort, Canal, Moraine and Gravel are ideal for organically shaped furniture.