Last week, I attended an event hosted by the textile company Carnegie at its Design Studio in New York. Carnegie held the event to launch The Folds Collection, a group of upholstery fabrics inspired by origami.
The Folds Collection is inspired by designer Koh Hyun’s childhood memory of folding 1,000 origami cranes to make a wish come true.
“I enjoyed the challenge transforming a concept based on my cultural heritage where tradition and symbolism are sacred into a textile collection with high performance attributes,” says Koh Hyun, designer for Carnegie.
The collection features four different patterns: Wish, Anchor, Koi, and Barre, all aspects of cultural context and symbolism.
The Wish pattern is based off the crane, also known as “the bird of happiness,” whose wings were believed to carry souls to paradise and has now become a symbol of hope and healing.
The Anchor pattern focuses on sailing vessels, which play a large role in Korean culture. Korea relies heavily on boats for travel in and out of the peninsula, and the boats in the pattern symbolize that journey.
The Koi pattern is a replica of Koi fish facing up, representing an upstream swim. The Koi need energy to swim against the current, and the pattern of the fish facing upward symbolizes success and prosperity.
Finally, the Barre pattern represents the process of folding.
The event not only featured The Folds Collection, but also had a colorful candy bar, sushi display, and crane folding station to set the theme for the night.