I've always been fascinated by simple constructions doing exactly what they were made to do. I often went camping as a child, and we'd hang up this canvas wardrobe in the tent. It's a great example of functional design: foldable, light, and cheap. Just a simple construction made from unassuming cotton, but it greatly appealed to me. That fabric made it vulnerable, something temporary. No wonder that I've always wanted to create a canvas wardrobe.
Lena was designed a few years ago, and I simply called her “canvas wardrobe” at the time. I wanted it to be soft and inviting, but it still needed to be conventionally sized. Its function should be obvious straightaway, even if the design was very different. However, I kept putting off the actual work. Every time I thought about it, I encountered major technical issues. I wondered if the whole concept was doable at all. Still, it was too beautiful to abandon. I wanted to create something special for the 2017 Salone del Mobile, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. By then, I'd shared my plans with De Ploeg, whose collection of beautiful woolen fabrics had caught my eye. Together, we embarked on a quest to study the fabric’s unique characteristics, specifically regarding wardrobe design.
In most constructions, the outer walls are the load-bearing elements. This leaves the inside as usable space. This doesn't work when you're using fabric—it's not stiff or strong enough, unless you simply upholster the walls. However, that would mean you're only using fabric as decoration, whereas I wanted to use it specific characteristics for the construction itself. In this case, I wanted to work with the fabric’s pliability, stretch and bearing capacity. That means leaving it hanging. Instead of stacking elements like in traditional construction, this wardrobe needed a top-down approach. And while you can choose to suspend it from the ceiling, it would mean losing all flexibility plus relinquishing the archetypical wardrobe look. The solution was creating a movable “ceiling” supported by internal frame, which allows the fabric to flow freely. The bottom shelf is attached to the fabric, stretching it ever so slightly and making sure it flows around the structure evenly.
She's different from the rest. Soft and strong. Proud and confident.
The internal frame is made from ash wood. Ash is tough, stable and retains its shape. Its light coloration and subtle markings make it the perfect match for De Ploeg’s woolen fabric. Ploegwool is a high-quality wool with a natural, homespun look, that’s available in 64 colors.
Frame: solid ash.
Cover: 100% pure wool, removable for cleaning purposes.
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