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Mae Engelgeer is a a Dutch textile designer who works from Amsterdam. Her textiles are often made in close collaboration with the Textile Museum in Tilburg, the institution that keeps Dutch textile design alive. Because the craft of textile production is one that is decreasing rapidly. The commodity of relatively fast and cheap machine-made designs and fabrics seems to be rendering weavers, knitters, embroiderers and other textile savvy craftsmen obsolete in western society.
Which makes people like Mae Engelgeer all the more remarkable. She cleverly combines new technology and materials into beautiful textiles that enrich any home. And she does that without losing ground on refinement or quality.
Her latest collection, Mod, takes inspiration from traditional Japanese textiles, colours and patterns. The collection is composed of smaller pieces such as tea towels but also massive throws that could even serve as wall hangings. That’s how visually pleasing her designs are. They were presented during the Salone del Mobile in Milan past April as a solo exhibition. I am really curious to see how Mae Engelgeer will continue in her path and hope to experience a revival in the quickly changing role of the textile designer.
Mae Engelgeer is also one of the creatives in our Artist in Residence series.
See more work by Studio Mae Engelgeer right here.
Words by Sara Martín Mazorra.