The Capas collection focuses on the creation and use of layers of colors, tonality and shadow to generate intense depth while also being easy enough to blend into any environment, due to the presence of a wide range of chromatic shades.
Hahn’s starting point for the Capas collection is his notion of shadows being never black or grey but full of color and geometry. The designer’s aim was to create a simple and light rug that has a casual feel to it while being complex in the use of colors and formation of depth. In order to achieve this, nanimarquina and Hahn intensely studied the specifics of Kilim weaving techniques searching for new ways of distributing color.
After months of investigation, nanimarquina and Hahn developed a new type of loose Kilim structure which allows mixing the colors of the warp and weft. Normally, warp is not visible in a Kilim. By defining a different density of warp new tonalities surfaced, providing a visual texture where colors intertwine with each other along the carpet. The unique texture creates a dark-and-light effect and great profundity without becoming heavy. Like the layers of air in the atmosphere that reflect light and cast shadow.
"By loosening the fibres and using a thicker warp, we made new colors and textures visible, celebrating greater depth and enhanced tones." - Mathias Hahn.
Color is a pivotal element of the Capas collection. Each rug has a main color, a complementing tone and its darker gradient which in the composition gives the illusion of a cast shadow on the floor. Each rug is a color chord of a certain main color.
Mathias Hahn is a London based Product Designer born in 1977, Germany. He tarted up his studio in 2006 and is one of the founding members of OKAYstudio. After graduating as Industrial Designer in Germany he moved on to the Royal College of Art, where he received a MA degree in Design Products under Ron Arad in 2006. From his studio and workshops he is working on diverse projects in the field of industrial and furniture design.
Mathias is attracted by the material integrity and longevity of everyday objects - in opposition to fast, ephemeral product consumption. His recent work explores traditional technologies and materials, while introducing basic mechanical principles and applications.