Art You Can Walk All Over: Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

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March 25, 2014
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  Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
Munich-based industrial designer Steffen Kehrle has conceived of a process to manufacture one-of-a-kind carpet that makes abstract, surreal colors bleed across the floor, resulting in stunning lines and shapes that could just as easily be hung on a wall. 
Photo by Volker Schlegel
    Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    Munich-based industrial designer Steffen Kehrle has conceived of a process to manufacture one-of-a-kind carpet that makes abstract, surreal colors bleed across the floor, resulting in stunning lines and shapes that could just as easily be hung on a wall.

    Photo by Volker Schlegel

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  Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
Broadloom carpets are constantly in motion during the production process, with hundreds of rolls pushing forward a near-infinite length of flooring. Kehrle, who has done product and exhibition design for companies like Muji, Fiat and L’Abbate, was struck when he was observing the coloring process. Why not interrupt and add unique patterns with squeegees or hoses? 
“The result is really a reflection of the production process,” he says.
Photo by Volker Schlegel
    Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    Broadloom carpets are constantly in motion during the production process, with hundreds of rolls pushing forward a near-infinite length of flooring. Kehrle, who has done product and exhibition design for companies like Muji, Fiat and L’Abbate, was struck when he was observing the coloring process. Why not interrupt and add unique patterns with squeegees or hoses?

    “The result is really a reflection of the production process,” he says.

    Photo by Volker Schlegel

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  Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
The initial idea was to create a concept carpet, but Kehrle received so many requests and compliments that the art-piece was elevated to serial production. He wants to add new designs, but that will come after the sales and distribution network are more fleshed out.
Photo by Julian Baumann
    Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    The initial idea was to create a concept carpet, but Kehrle received so many requests and compliments that the art-piece was elevated to serial production. He wants to add new designs, but that will come after the sales and distribution network are more fleshed out.

    Photo by Julian Baumann

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  Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
“The result is really a reflection of the production process,” says Kehrle.
Photo by Julian Baumann
    Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    “The result is really a reflection of the production process,” says Kehrle.

    Photo by Julian Baumann

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  Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
A black-and-white design by the Munich-based designer. Many pieces were features at the Domotex fair in Hannover.
Photo by Julian Baumann
    Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    A black-and-white design by the Munich-based designer. Many pieces were features at the Domotex fair in Hannover.

    Photo by Julian Baumann

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  Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
Dye being applied to the carpet.
Photo by Atelier Steffen Kehrle
    Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    Dye being applied to the carpet.

    Photo by Atelier Steffen Kehrle

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  Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
Kehrle's work comes in an array of colors, shapes and shades.Photo by Julian Baumann
    Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    Kehrle's work comes in an array of colors, shapes and shades.

    Photo by Julian Baumann

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