Named after the iconic Japanese city, Tokyo is an upholstery fabric designed by Helene Vonsild. It has a simple, dusty expression and features a tactile wavelike structure. This is inspired by the grooves made with rakes in gravel at Japanese temples. A chenille yarn is woven into the fabric, which gives Tokyo its distinctive structure. The irregular, rhythmic play of parallel ribbed lines across the surface of the textile is calm yet dynamic. Helene Vonsild: ‘When designing Tokyo I sketched every single line by hand. I included one little variation on every line to add vibrancy to the gap between the ‘waves’. Repetition amplifies this and gives the textile a vivid structure with a diverse surface’. The hues Helene Vonsild has crafted for Tokyo are inspired by the Japanese capital, as well as the country’s nature. The textile’s colour scale is refined and distinctive. Tokyo is suitable for a wide range of contract applications, as well as private homes. Thanks to its neutral colour range it works well with a wide assortment of styles and designs.
67% wool, 24% polyester, 9% polyamide 150 cm wide 15 colours
- Material: 67% wool, 24% polyester, 9% nylon
- Light fastness: 4-7
The importance of textiles
Textiles make an impression and create atmosphere, they influence our perception of furniture and space. When we interact with furniture, upholstery completes the experience. Curtains transform rooms, they influence light and acoustics. Kvadrat is attuned to the appearance and function of textiles, to create a product that takes part in and influences modern design culture. It is our ambition to push the boundaries of textiles and of modern and contemporary design whether it be aesthetic, technological or artistic. We work closely with designers, architects and artists to achieve this.
Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968. The headquarters has always been located in Ebeltoft, Jutland. Kvadrat is owned and managed by the two families Rasmussen and Byriel. The second generation took over in July 2000. Kvadrat develops high quality modern textiles and textile-related products for both architects to specify in public spaces and for the private consumer for the home.
Our products reflect a commitment to colour and simplicity, along with the desire to develop textiles based on innovation and experimentation in design. Our textiles have become integral to some of the worlds most spectacular architecture and the most visionary furniture design being created today. This positioning is a huge opportunity, yet at the same time a great responsibility; a responsibility that requires us to take an active role in modern design culture and to take part in shaping and creating its future. Our fabrics are for you to innovate, to design, to create.