Hand-knotted rug in New Zealand wool and Chinese silk, Signy by Emdal Studio is a rug of exceptional intricacy and beauty and a sublime way to begin the Emdal Studio x FLOOR_STORY collection. Hand-knotted in Nepal using the traditional Tibetan weave technique, the rug is an exquisite expression of designer, Signe Emdal’s work, a simplified and stripped back iteration that is breathtakingly beautiful.
Signe Emdal, founded Copenhagen’s Emdal Studio in 2007, where she has been creating limited-run textiles, contemporary tapestries and home accessories ever since. Creating her work on digital jacquard looms, Signe’s collaboration with FLOOR_STORY continues her narrative of strong and powerful females. Signy shares its name with a princess of Icelandic folklore, who decides to follow her husband, side-by-side, to their death in battle.
“Since I’ve always felt a great connection to Britain and particularly the style of the Arts & Crafts Movement, I’ve long wanted to collaborate with a UK brand,” reveals Signe Emdal. “I could see that FLOOR_STORY was a bold, positive brand with a contemporary style, yet very much classic beauty.
“Rugs have long been a passion of mine, their way of telling stories with ornaments and symbols is shared by the essence of my textile work. It seemed a really natural step to experiment with a tradition that dates back thousands of years. Signy is my very beginning in rugs and I hope that it is a love that endures and marks the start of a long journey.”
Joining the growing number of Goodweave certified rugs from FLOOR_STORY, Signy is made-to-order in custom sizes and colours. Hand-knotted in an exceptional 100-knot Tibetan weave, the rug exemplifies the pinnacle of rug craft.
More about the proces & how to buy this, please go to Floor Story site online: FLOOR STORY
Outdoor photography translation by Signe Emdal 2018
Unique editions of digital woven tapestries made in 2016 as a translation and interpretation of antique textiles and the symbolic value of flowers, earth and sky, during the middle ages. Each piece is a delicate merge of traditional natural fibers from all over the world. Signe directed the high tech machine-looms into a feeling of handmade and strong historic emotions.
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A SUMMER HUG
Knitted circle scarf collection. Made in Denmark by Signe Emdal 2013.
Digital knitted Tapestry wall created by Signe Emdal in 2015
A tribute to the inner human condition: Your inner diamond. The Lotus.
This Tapestry wall is a knitted interpretation of the classic woven tapestry that where highly fashionable for kings and queens in th 16th century. It is my way to build a symbolic image.
The Tapestry wall is made from a construction of yarns that feels like a woven rug with textural structures. It shows patterns on both sides and can be placed in a room to divide it. Available made to order. Please get in touch.
Tapestry Wall by Signe Emdal, at The National Gallery of Denmark 2015.
”I want Astrid’s Rose to bloom. I want her to hold her head up high, look ahead and unfold in all her gentleness and strength, shining. Long enough, she has been standing in the shadow of her male modernist colleagues. This brave and powerful cosmopolitan paintress.” Taking the painting Rose sets the Table (1914) by Astrid Holm (1876-1937) as her point of inspiration, Signe Emdal has created a tapestry, where the roses and vibrant colours from Holm’s painting: red, yellow and pink have been woven into the structure of the textile. The flower explosion in the tapestry is a way of expressing the theme of emancipation presented in the painting, which is also core to Astrid Holm’s own biography. As a female painter and tapestry weaver, Astrid Holm fought for female artists’ rights and for the recognition in Denmark of tapestry weaving as an art form. More info: see The National Gallery´s website
Knitted scarf collection. Made in Denmark by Signe Emdal 2014. Inspired by the worlds first userfreindly color photography tecnique called: Autochromes Lumieré.
Scarf photos by Lea Nilsen other photos by Albert Kahn
Knitted silence tapestry experience at Direktoren Haus Berlin by Signe Emdal 2011.
Gallery DIREKTORENHAUS in Berlin invited Signe Emdal to create one of her knitted silence tapestry experiments. Transforming the identity of a room with knitted textiles. Working around Ward & the glass box.
Midt 19th century: Nathaniel Ward (a victorian gentleman) invents a transportable glass box for exotic plants to stay alive during transport from the far East. The glass box allows the european upper class to build miniature jungles. A trend starts with especially Ferns & palm-tree plants. Everybody wants an indoor glass-cabinet with exotic plants. The glass-box changes everything!
EXTREMELY NEW KNIT - a bedroom rug by Signe Emdal.
"My object is a Jacquard pre-digital knitted BEDROOM RUG, carefully made for your naked feet’s in the morning, while transitioning between sleep & awake. The rug is a hybrid made with a NEW KNIT tech that is currently popular in the high performance fashion & sneaker scene.
Car seats, construction of houses, the sneaker industry and packaging brands all use knit tech to create flexible materials. I like how the industries are twisting the old textile techniques and merging them with innovative fibers.
I have been working, making & building textiles for ten years with a 1984 pre-digital knitting machinery. It’s a really amazing German tool made to last forever. Once it was a High Tech tool for fashion. Now it’s more like a fun Vintage Tech object. My wish is to expand into the scene of contemporary digital textile machinery and create beautiful innovative magic"
- text by Signe Emdal
MIRROR OF THREADS
Knitted blanket/throw collection. Made in Denmark by Signe Emdal 2014.
Mirror of threads is my interpretation of nature, energy exchange and natural meetings with people on my life-path. Made of Merinowool & egyptian cotton, to make the blankets last for one or two life-times.
A knitted flower hug by Signe Emdal, was commissioned by the National Gallery as an exclusive scarf accessorie for the exhibition "Flowers and Worldviews". Summer 2013.
A TREE TALE
Knitted silence tapestry experience by Signe Emdal, Bornholm 2010
This experiment present 100 m2 space covered in flexible knitted fabrics. The idea was to transform the identity of a space with one material & one tool, letting the fabrics melt into the space, becoming the space & protecting the space. Creating a silent room. The story is about a northen naked rough winter forrest. That time a year, when the landscape is completely black & white and full of mysterious lines. That time, when only sunset or sunrise will project a glimpse of colors into the horisont. Clear and beautiful.
Knitted Kimono scarf collection. Made in Denmark by Signe Emdal since 2014
My first Kimono-scarves are Inspired by TARA, the goddess of universal compassion and protection. She is a Tibetan buddhist goddess who represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. She is also known as the "mother of liberation" and "she who saves". There are traditionally 21 different Tara´s with each their own color- and symbolic meanings.