Known for its unique jewellery and accessories, Studio Elke is an industry leader in the fashion and design worlds. The studio is respected for its emphasis on pushing the boundaries of originality and its exploration of unique materials, experimental fabrications and new forms. Studio Elke and Brintons have collaborated to translate Elke Kramer’s vision into a suite of customisable carpet designs – and the new venture is the Australian designer’s first ever carpet collection.
“I had written down a list of dream collaborations on a blank piece of paper many years ago, and a carpet collaboration was at the top of that list. When I was approached by Brintons, and invited to partake in their first Australian collaboration, I was thrilled at the opportunity,” she says.
Composite is a collection of wall-to-wall carpet designs that references Studio Elke’s decade-long archive of jewellery collections, translating Elke Kramer’s artistic and cutting-edge print designs into large-scale interior surfaces. The collection is formed of 10 designs: Sorceress and Sorcerer, Ceremonial, Keep Watch, Tassels, Existence, Arches, Musk and Jasper Nucleus, The Thunder Below, Charcoal and Concrete Brutalist, and Power of Symmetry.
Unusual geometries, graphic patterns and architecture-inspired shapes feature in the collection. The playful influence of materials such as terrazzo, concrete, marble and mother of pearl are the designer’s trademark and have been cleverly woven into Composite. The collection skillfully marries Studio Elke’s striking materiality and textures, with Brintons’ timeless, premium woven Axminster carpet.
Brintons’ Composite collection features in the Collectionist Hotel in Sydney. Elke Kramer, Studio Elke’s founder and Creative Director, comments:
“With Composite we started by deconstructing and reassembling different visual elements of the Studio Elke jewellery pieces, such as the pattern on a ring band, the texture of our marbled and terrazzo resins, and the colour palettes and metallic tones that run through the 10 years of jewellery collections we had in archive. The biggest challenge was scale – delicate items that could fit in the palm of your hand were being reimagined on entirely new grand scale. Being restricted to a 2D surface was another challenge, as we had to recreate the forms and 3D depth that we celebrate in jewellery design in a 2D flat context. Brintons really understood the energy of the Studio Elke brand, so we were able to work together seamlessly in translating the textures, patterns, colours and visual themes into carpeting repeats.”
Product images by Christopher Morris. Images of The Collectionist Hotel, Sydney, courtesy of Terence Chin.