Designed by Ulrika Mårtensson &
The Curly Scarf is based on a three-dimensional pattern, unruly yet elegant in its expression.
‘Curly’ was born when designer duo Margot Barolo and Ulrika Mårtensson was experimenting with sculptural patterns by getting a knitting machine to go ‘wrong’. The tension of the yarn and its elasticity caused the piece of knitting to turn itself round, thereby creating a living structure which is both stylish and unruly in expression. Thanks to its billowing form the fabric feels airy on one’s skin.
“Textiles are base materials with a high degree of three-dimensionality,” Ulrika Mårtensson claims. “In our view, textiles are treated too simply, being seen as basically flat surfaces.”
“Sadly, textiles are viewed as though they were colours,” her colleague Margot Barolo adds. As though to emphasize their claim, Curly’s most prominent characteristic is precisely that it is overspun in a manner that creates a three-dimensional ‘surface’.
In the factory where Curly is made the machines have been intentionally programmed in a manner that is normally considered ‘wrong’. Extreme tension together with the fact that the yarn is overspun is what gives the throw its three-dimensional effect.
It is expressions like this that lengthy experience of textiles gives rise to — a need to adapt one’s expertise and a need to understand which rules have to be broken in order to achieve the designer’s goal.
“We often ask ourselves: can you really do this? Let’s try. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it does not, but then at least we have tried. One of us works in small scale with details, pragmatic and pondering. The other one thinks big, on an architectural scale. Our work is a hybrid of both.”
The design studio Barolo/Mårtensson works in a broad field with clients like IKEA, Svenskt Tenn and Rörstrand. Margot Barolo is a product designer who has delved into the issues of production, challenging the image of the Swedish crafts and design industry and how we evaluate the creation/design of an object.
Ulrika Mårtensson is an architect and textile designer. She has been working with large-scale textile installations and development of sound absorbing textiles for public spaces.