Design Phlox van Oppenche’s rugs are not meant to be used

Phlox van Oppenche’s rugs are not meant to be used

Giorgia Massari

More than rugs, Phlox van Oppen‘s are real tapestries that are super colorful and above all sustainable. Upcycling and recycling are inescapable words when it comes to his works, which are strictly hung on walls like paintings, but whose texture and technique wink at the world of rugs. Between art and design, these artworks definitely fit into the category of collectible design, which we have talked about so much. In fact, we met Phlox van Oppen during Milan Design Week, to be precise at Lampo, which this year put the theme of sustainability at the center. What struck us was one of her tapestries hanging on the wall of a group exhibition, as well as her enthusiasm, which shone through quite a bit during our chat. Looking closely at her work, it is evident that there is a lot of care and precision behind the end result especially since Phlox personally sews one by one all the materials she salvages, from festival bracelets to grocery bags. Let’s find out more about his creative process.

Carpets that look at overconsumption

Behind the Amsterdam-based artist’s carpets is an inspiration beyond that artist. Phlox van Oppen has a clear mission, definitely making the challenges faced by her own generation, such as climate change and overconsumption in the fashion industry, her own. Her art practice focuses on recycling, upcycling and sustainability, using everyday materials that are often overlooked. This approach has led to the creation of works that give new life to materials otherwise destined for the trash.

Tufting, felting and weaving

In her atelier in Amsterdam, the designer experiments with various textile techniques, including tufting, felting and weaving, using recycled materials such as washing machine lint, discarded clothes and plastic packaging. The brilliance also lies in the final look. In fact, on the whole, without careful observation, one would never say that they are waste materials, far from it, Phlox van Oppen manages to enhance them and bring out their most valuable side. Through her work, the artist is able to demonstrate the potential of textiles as a means of social and environmental engagement. Textile art thus becomes a vehicle to raise awareness and inspire positive change through aesthetics and environmental awareness.

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Courtesy Phlox van Oppen

Written by Giorgia Massari
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