Vivid is a curtain whose appearance changes over time due to the impact of sunlight. The textile’s light responsive technology uses two different materials: a naturally-dyed yarn and a synthetically-dyed yarn. Over time, the naturally-dyed colours in the curtain become faint, revealing a striking pattern underneath. The ageing process is designed into the product in order to foster a debate about sustainability and the relationship we have with our belongings.
Our vision is to show how beautiful natural colours age and promote them as a real alternative to synthetic dyes, opening markets for less durable colours that change over time. The low lightfastness of natural colourants is often seen as a negative quality, the projects approach takes this negative and makes it a design feature.
before exposure to sun
after exposure to sun
Dimensions: 140 x 250 cm
Fabric weight: 280g/m2
40% naturally dyed weft: rustic wool from Germany
40% synthetically dyed weft: Dralon® Acryl / Modal
20% warp: polyester
Available in 3 colors: dark blue, rose and grass green
curtain before exposure to sunlight
Vivid was funded by WORTH European Partnership Project
Our partners were Fritsch Färberei GmbH in Vienna, Austria and Rohleder GmbH in Konradsreuth, south Germany.
simulation of a fully bleached curtain
Photography by Anne Pohlmann
© Meyers & Fügmann