August 4, 2016

Bless N° 56 Worker’s Delight Exhibition at Vitra Design Museum Encourages Motion in the Workplace

German brands Bless and Reuber Henning’s Carpethammock, a special project designed to stimulate new ideas on how to integrate more motion in corporate environments. Photography courtesy of Reuber Henning.

When two Berlin-based design companies—rug manufacturer Reuber Henning and studio-shop hybrid Bless—put their creative minds together, a singular exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery on redefinition and motion was born. Entitled BLESS N° 56 Worker’s Delight, the German collaborators took Reuber Henning’s Casablanca Flowers area rug and transformed it into an artful hammock, aptly named the Carpethammock. “In principle, any hand-knotted rug can be turned into a hammock“, say Reuber Henning designers Franziska Reuber and Birgit Krah.

After Reuber and Krah added four meters of fringed fabric to each side of the Turkish-inspired handmade rug, Bless designers Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag focused entirely on positioning the Carpethammock as a functional piece of art for the exhibition.

The suspended Carpethammock inside the Vitra Design Museum Gallery. Photography courtesy of Vitra Design Museum and Bettina Matthiessen.

In this alternative re-creation, Casablanca Flowers was elevated in both form and function, with the finished design’s new fringe elements taking center stage as visually intriguing, yet structural webs of fabric. By creating this suspended art piece, the designers aimed to challenge antiquated notions surrounding physical immobility and poor posture in the workplace. By way of the exhibition, Reuber Henning and Bless are actively engaging in the industry’s revolving discourse on integrating more movement and creativity in the workplace.

Guests of the exhibition enjoying a moment on the Carpethammock. Photography courtesy of Vitra Design Museum and Ludger Paffrath.

BLESS N° 56 Worker’s Delight runs through October 9, 2016 at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Charles-Eames-Str. 2, 79576 Weil am Rein, Germany.

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