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In full gallop – Marianne Kemp woven horsehair designs

blue delft horsehair chandelier

Marianne Kemp has developed a unique specialty in weaving with horsehair. The dutch designer uses small batches of horsehair mixed with cotton and linen to create fabrics, window shades and woven light fixtures that are unique in color, texture and design. We saw Marianne’s work as part of John Boyd Textiles collection at Decorex last September and can’t wait to see where her creative pieces will be on display this year. If not at London Design Festival or Salone Internazionale del Mobile we may have to schedule a visit to Amsterdam to see her at her Studio. Tough call I know, but we’re prepared to make the sacrifice of a weekend in Amsterdam for our readers. The chandeliers above are from her Delft light & Delft bright collection.

natural horse hair lighting

Shade of Tail above is a blend of natural colors and materials woven in various patterns to create this immense amount of texture. No animals, by the way, have come to harm in the process. The horsehair comes from live animals mainly from Far East Mongolia. The weaving for this collection is done by John Boyd Textiles and light fixtures are available in various sizes, patterns and with the optional fringe. Marianne said, “I’m fascinated by the movement of the weavings, how the horsehair manifest in the net of the weaving technique. Shiny and smooth – organic and wild – flexible and stiff.”

Colorful bubbles is a collection of horsehair on metal rings and very obviously comes in a variety of colors. We think it’s a great design element for commercial spaces or trade shows but could also see them converted into light fixtures.

horse hair shades

On a much more restrained note, these window panels were created for a private residence and are a combination of brown horsehair and off white cotton. Organic texture, certainly a trend we can stand behind for coming years.

horse hair cushions

And finally a vast array of pillows available in horsehair and combined with other natural materials. Too bad we have yet to develop touch functionality online. Are they stiff? Hard? Soft? I will be ordering samples and reporting back to you.

  • http://www.gwendajonesinteriors.co.uk Gwenda Jones

    Looking great Marianne-wishing you every success.


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