First prize winner of the Aubusson International City of tapestry call for project 2012
In the setting of the labeling of Aubusson tapestry "Intangible Cultural heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO, the call for creation of contemporary tapestry of the International City of tapestry 2012, in partnership with the City of design of Saint-Etienne, has been won by Bina Baitel for her project Confluentia.
At the junction between furniture and tapestry, Confluentia joins in a weaving carpeted furniture and pill rug of Aubusson.
Two wood bedside tables embellished with a tapestry are connected by it, creating a new link, a part of space in the space. The object appears as a landscape, in the manner of the Aubusson tapestry of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, it is seen as a flat stretch between two woody reliefs.
A domestic landscape created by the union of two familiar typologies in housing world: side furniture and rug.
The tapestry presents an abstract drawing suggesting a peaceful space, like a lake, while being lively by the gush of two headwaters inviting to contemplation.
We can see the pattern of a topographical map, by definition, the drawing of a place. A hybrid territory, a micro-landscape between design furniture and tapestry.
The user goes inside the landscape, lives the scene and becomes an actor in the tapestry. Thus, the action is not only set-up by the look of the tapestry but also " with, around, on".
The interlacing of threads and colors is mixed up to build Confluentia, point of confluence between perception in-visu and experience in-situ.
Reference image: Aubusson tapestry, 18th century