Luster by Studio Proba
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Punctuated by muted tones, the collection represents a break from her usual brights and was created in the spirit of embracing challenge. “It’s rare to find metallic yarn in rugs meant for everyday use,” she says. “It was interesting to introduce it into a medium where it doesn’t belong.”
In early trials, for instance, the gold flaked when the yarn was cut; Proba was inspired to revisit the ways in which we normally think about gold, silver, and bronze. “Metallics can be seen as cheesy,” she says. “I wanted to make them look elegant rather than overdone.” To accomplish the task, Proba went for an element of surprise, combining unexpected textures, colors, and materials, as well as a variety of pile heights. The crowning detail: silver fringe, indicative of the sense of play that pervades Proba’s work and a fitting finishing touch for a designer who’s never played it safe.