New York artists create a giant microworld by using some 500 vinyl tubes

Release Time 2018年3月15日

Visitors approaching Design Miami 2012 were all stunned by the entrance facade of white, inflatable “sausages”. A closer look revealed that they were actually vinyl tubes!

An entrance pavilion for Design Miami 2012 by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of Snarkitecture, a Brooklyn art and design studio, “Drift” creates an unexpected moment within the context of the familiar white vinyl tent, reformulating the material to create a floating environment. Inflated tubes are bundled together to create a topographical landscape in suspension: an ascending mountain above and an excavated cavern below.

These long cylinders are arranged vertically to infill the area of the entrance courtyard, and then lifted to create areas of circulation and rest for the visitors entering and exiting the structure. Apertures in the canopy frame views of the Miami sky and allow filtered light to pass through the tubes of the inverted landscape, creating a space below for interaction and contemplation. The lightness of the floating tubes underscores the mass of the enormous installation, visible from several blocks away – a beacon for visitors approaching Design Miami.

Textile is a work of art from fibers that make up it, fabrics resulting from dyeing and processing, to their multiple applications in clothing, furniture, even architecture. Textile’s vibrant palette, soft texture, malleability and challenging nature have made it a darling of the international art scene.

The Art of Raw Material: Fibers

American pioneering artist Sheila Hicks is known for fiber-made objects and public commissions that often blur the boundary between art, design and architecture. With over 140 solo exhibitions to her credit, she has received art-related awards granted by organizations and institutions from more than ten countries and regions since 1958. Her works are in the collections of major museums around the world.

 ↓ Pillar of Inquiry/Supple Column

The “Pillar of Inquiry/Supple Column”, an 18-foot-high installation that tumbled and descended directly from the Whitney Museum’s grated ceiling to the floor, is one of theartist’s greatest creations –made of Sunbrella® performance fibers–intended to encourage close interaction.  

“I want people to look at it and let their imagination soar”, Hicks said. “I know that the museum guards and curators frown on touching the art, but this work can really stand up to any test.”

 ↓ Baoli

“Baoli” is the title of the site-specific work created by Sheila Hicks in the Grande Rotonde entrance space to the Palais de Tokyo Museum of Modern Art in Paris, evocative of terraced agrarian landscapes in Indian culture – also known as Stepwells. In this iconic place for meetings and exchanges, the artist plays with the effects of texture and fiber, both synthetic and natural, and sees her environment from a perspective which is simultaneously architectural, pictorial and sculptural. 

 ↓ Sheila Hicks: 50 Years

“Sheila Hicks: 50Years” is the first major retrospective to honor this pioneering figure, which made its debut at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, and later toured to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, North Carolina .

 ↓ The Treaty of Chromatic Zones

As part of Art Basel 2015’s Unlimited sector, “The Treaty of Chromatic Zones”, a monumental installation conceived by Sheila Hicks using Sunbrella® fibers was put on display.

Sheila Hicks made a tour of the Sunbrella® plant for a closer look at the fibers and yarns that make up Sunbrella® collections.

The Art of Finished Product: Fabrics

 ↓ ÉSunbrella

Created by French designer Élise Fouin, the “ÉSunbrella” canopy featured a mosaic of colorful Sunbrella® fabrics inside thousands of interlocking embroidery hoops that immersed visitors in the sounds and senses of a lush tropical forest at the SuperDesign show during Milan Design Week 2016.

Fouin’s design for the space drew connections between the canopy and Sunbrella® fabrics, noting that the canopy is the forest’s top layer – a point exposed to the extremes of nature, such as the sun and rain, just like the brand’s fabrics.

 ↓ reOrder: An Architectural Environment

In 2011, the Brooklyn Museum launched a renovation project titled “reOrder” for the 10,000-square-foot colonnaded Great Hall on the first floor to turn the space into the heart of the historic building that could host exhibitions, live performances and other events. Brooklyn-based Situ Studio was commissioned to create the dramatic installation piece by pleating and stretching 2,440 yards of Sunbrella® Canvas Natural fabrics over metal frames around the classic columns. The result turned

a classically ordered space into a place for museum patrons to relax and experience the installation.

“We had to have a fabric that was durable to withstand the construction process,” said Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, a partner at Situ Studio. “For the installation, the fabric had to be cut, creased and pressed, and if it got dirty it had to be easy to clean. Plus, the fabric had to have the ability to look good in a high-traffic, public space for an entire year.” Among the many characteristics that made Sunbrella® fabric a perfect fit, is the fabric’s ability to capture light and its zero emission nature.

The structures embraced the unique design of the room and transformed the scale of the room, showcasing both the magnitude of the space and creating a sense of intimacy.

 ↓ NAWA Axis for Peace

As part of the LongHouse Reserve 2014 exhibition, “Exteriors”, the internationally acclaimed social and environmental Japanese artist Mariyo Yagi created a 32-foot-high “NAWA Axis for Peace” sculpture using Sunbrella® fabrics at LongHouse Reserve in the United States for the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA).

Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, an internationally known textile designer, author, and collector, LongHouse Reserve is a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden located in East Hampton, New York. His home, LongHouse, was built as a case study to exemplify a creative approach to contemporary life. The garden is open to the public from Mayto October annually and in 2014 it was adorned with artistic outdoor furniture made of Sunbrella® fabrics throughout, inviting the visitors to enjoy the view and experience the power of art.

The Art of Mixture: Furniture

Renowned gallery owner and designer Rossana Orlandi has more than 20 years of expertise as a yarn consultant. Orlandi asked her favorite designers to create exterior versions of their interior concepts using Sunbrella® fabrics.

The result was an unconventional collection of outdoor furniture that transformed her Spazio Rossana Orlandi gallery in Milan, Italy during the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair.

 ↓ Art Basel

Founded in 1970, Art Basel is one of the world’s premier art fairs with four shows staged annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; the Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida; and Hong Kong, China. Each show is organized into sectors relevant to art, design, film and fashion, which showcase contemporary artworks by participating galleries and artists.

During the three-day Art Basel Miami Beach show, participating institutions often choose to set up their stands with Sunbrella® fabrics that are known for unparalleled wind and UV resistance as a way to attract the audience.

 ↓ Richard Frinier

American furniture, textile and industrial designer Richard Frinier is known for his ability to create luxurious collections for residential and commercial environments around the world. Due to his 20-year-plus experience of working as chief designer for the world-famous furniture brand Brown Jordan, Frinier has garnered over 80 global design awards. He has created hundreds of ingenious designs for the prestigious fabrics brand, which are intended for a wide range of applications.

Sunbrella® Applications in the Chinese Market

Sunbrella® was selected as 2010 Shanghai Expo shade partner for its performance fabrics that are low-emitting, UV and fade resistant, among other things.

Sunbrella® shades in vibrant colors adorn the Disneyland parks in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Sunbrella® is a strategic partner to an array of catering businesses, such as Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee house chain, providing outdoor furnishings like awnings and upholsteries.

Sunbrella® is a strategic partner toStarbucks, the world’s biggest coffeehouse chain.

Burger King

In addition, Sunbrella® is the number one choice of a multitude of five-star hotels and real estate developers.

Inter Continental Shanghai Expo


Sheraton Sanya Haitang Bay Resort

Vanke Kingsway International, Shenyang

Vanke Wulongshan, Chengdu

CSCEC Top Metropolitan Marina, Tianjin

Sunbrella® fabrics are also widely used in office decor due to their small carbon footprint, ease of cleaning, stain and fade resistance. With hundreds of styles available, Sunbrella® could help to inject new life into walls, chairs, couches and other furniture.

Sales Center for Vanke Center, Donguan

Shenzhen Smart Venture Valley

Shanghai Office of Gazeley Investment Consulting Co., Ltd.


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