Anouk Haegens wants to create warm and intimate places in public spaces, which can often be quite unwelcoming. She has done so by creating Merging Worlds, knotted partitions and curtains in which she has integrated hard construction materials with soft textiles. Haegens has given macramé a new lease of life. With this technique she is fusing materials, colours and patterns. Cotton knots merge into a concrete structure, rope turns into aluminium or is given a rubber coating, stiff paper yarn changes into smooth viscose. More than twenty samples have been collected in a mood book for architects, a prototype measuring 2.5 by 1.20 meters in blue paper yarn, cotton and plaster offers a life-size impression of the effect.
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