An ode to the beauty of brutalist form. The pure balance of hard and soft, light and shadow - where architecture and nature meet in harmony.
We are proud to introduce our first designed rug collection RILIEVO.
The 5-piece collection explores geometrical forms and the interplay between positive and negative space created by shadows cast from relief elements.
The collection is an ode to the hard-edged beauty of brutalist forms, evoking the modernist designs of Carlo Scarpa, where nature and architecture collide in the contrasting details of lustrous New Zealand wool on a soft linen lining.
“It had always been the vision that one day we would create our own range of rugs, a coalescence of ideas that carried through time. I wanted to ensure that we presented a collection indicative of our commitment to quality & artisanship but that also captured the essence of our brand in the visual language of our designs,” says Danielle McEwan, Founder & Creative Director of Tigmi Trading
Master of proportion and detail carlo scarpa was a modernist architect who used his instinctive approach to materials by combining time-honoured skills with modern innovations. choice materiality the way he revelled on smallest details added another dimension designs.
“I have a deep connection with architectural detail and in particular, the way brutalist forms can balance the harshness and strength of materiality with the intricate detail of the design. The use of repetitive pattern to create sculptural elements and detail, playing with proportion and light and Scarpa’s approach to combining a base material in our case the linen with a precious one – the wool.”
While the geometric relief captures you at first glance, the result is a sublimely balanced one-coloured rug. All designs are offered in the richly natural palette based upon Tigmi’s own colour theory, a Tigmi palette to compliment our collection of unique & worldly treasures. We wanted to design a collection that would be timeless and something we would like to have in our own homes, with a commitment to quality of artisanship and materials set within a contemporary mindset.
Becoming a GoodWeave partner, a non-profit organization that works to end child labour in the rug industry, was an essential part of the process for Tigmi to ensure a transparent and ethical production process.
“It was imperative for us that quality and transparency was at the forefront of every process in the making of this collection. We chose to work closely with family-based weavers in Nepal and it was very important for us that our collections were GoodWeave certified. We carefully selected the finest natural fibres, New Zealand wool and linen, that imbued quality in our designs,” says McEwan.
“As a conscious interior brand, the collection is entirely made-to-order. Having the capacity to create the collection using this modern business model was fundamental as it aligns with our environmental ethics, a slow and considered approach to design.
WATCH - THE MAKING OF RILIEVO
In partnership with ReForest Now, one tree is planted for every rug sold. Find out more HERE.