Child Studio was founded in London’s Shoreditch in 2017 by Alexy Kos and Che Huang. The duo works on the intersection of object design, spatial projects, art direction and photography, creating cinematic and intriguing narratives and experiences.
Child Studio has collaborated with the London-based rug company Floor Story to create a collection of handwoven wool and silk rugs. The designers drew inspiration from the vibrant colours and bold geometric graphics of the Bauhaus Movement. The collection was photographed at the iconic Isokon Building in London, which became the hub of the modernist movement in the 1930’s. Designed by the architect Wells Coates as a progressive experiment in new ways of urban living, The Isokon counted the founders and key figures of the Bauhaus School as its residents. Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy and Marcel Breuer and many other influential modernists called this building in London’s Hampstead district their home during the interwar period. Child Studio chose the original wood-panelled interiors of the building’s penthouse as a domestic setting for their collection.
The minimal collage-like geometric compositions of the rugs feature soft curved shapes and gradients in vivid shades of aquamarine, ruby and violet, set against the deep black backdrop. The collection consists of 6 rugs, each named after one of the female artists and designers who were central to the development of the Bauhaus: Alma, Lucia, Gunta, Otti, Benita and Anni. Those pioneering creatives produced some of the most innovative work of the 20th century, but their names were often overlooked in favour of their male counterparts. The collection’s title ‘19-19’ refers to the founding year of the first Bauhaus school in Weimar.