Broadcast Events are scheduled to take place between 2-5pm GMT, before the daily Talks which happen between 5-7pm GMT. Register for COVER Connect to access the Events series 12-15 January 2021.
Tuesday 12 January 2021
Two documentaries open the Events series: hear how it all began for Thibault van Renne, who first bought rugs independently for his father. His confident but controversial early selections kick-started his desire to create the fine contemporary carpets that now define his own company. Kristiina Lassus introduces the processes, materials and people who create her handmade rugs in Nepal. View on-location behind-the-scenes footage and gain an understanding of the steps that go into creating her handmade rugs. Join Kabul Carpet Export Center (KCEC) live from Kabul, Afghanistan via Zoom to view and purchase rugs directly in a special online show and sale produced for COVER Connect.
Wednesday 13 January 2021
To complement today’s Collaboration-themed Talks, on the Events platform, three companies reveal the relationships behind the success of their collaborative collections and custom projects: Topfloor by Esti is interviewed alongside the San Francisco-based artist Gianluca Franzese who specialises in using traditional gilding techniques and whose work Topfloor’s Esti Barnes has translated into six rugs for her new Matrix Collection; Choudhary Exports’ Ayush Choudhary is in conversation with designer Keith Pillow, Founder and Creative Director of DAAA Haus and the expressionist painter James Vella Clark, discussing their collaboration on the limited-edition Convergence collection; and Battilossi presents testimonials from four international clients who explain the varied custom capabilities of the brand.
Thursday 14 January 2021
Two presentations explain two companies’ design processes: Barbara Barran, Classic Rug Collection founder, talks through her approach to designing the first rugs based on Frank Lloyd Wright designs to be released for more than two decades and Battilossi unveils its revolutionary Caleido Concept, a user-friendly system that utilises sophisticated rugs to decorate a house.
For the duration of COVER Connect nine Events will be available to watch on-demand. Edelgrund and Samad present virtual exhibitions; Tamarian and French Accents offer a narrated look at their latest designs from their showrooms; NOA Living and Tania Johnson explain the creative design processes behind their new collections; FLOOR_STORY showcase its new collection, designed in collaboration with the interior architecture & design firm Child Studio, in a short film celebrating the craft and skill of its talented weavers in Nepal; Creative Matters explain how their designers approach design development and offer a range of custom options; and a cc-tapis film explores the concept of gesture which recently gave rise to five new collaborative collections.