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GATHERING 
From domestic craft to industrial process.


We live in an unstitched society amidst a prolonged period of hardship that has left behind a broken world, governed by greed and a lack of basic manners and human respect. Therefore it is time for gathering; bringing people together again in order to restore society. Mending the fabric of life.

The word ‘gathering' represents all the techniques that bring progress through process, reflecting the mechanisms of finding, assembling, collecting or cultivating. Gathering friends and gathering a skirt are therefore related, creating flexible forms from restraining processes, transforming the world of design as if the discipline is suddenly domesticated, humanized by the act of making. Humbled by the human condition.

These gathering ideas - including needlework, folding, cooking and crafting - go back in time and belong to the household activities of our grandmothers, patiently sliding needle and thread up and down a fragile textile.

In a reversal of roles, these collective memories are now feeding our high-tech industries, driving them to review the making process with more abundant options. Giving a frivolous sense to industrial design, feminizing modernism, domesticating the creation of form.

Reaching out to soften our hearts and leading towards a time when man and machine can think as one. Nothing will be left untouched...

Lidewij Edelkoort

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