Soaring birds, gothic images, drawbridges and fire escapes feature in O&A London’s latest rug collection CITYSCAPES.
London, Edinburgh, New York and St. Petersburg are the four cities that inspired architect Oleg Klodt and designer Anna Agapova. Using images from architecture and nature, the designers created an eclectic mix of patterns, that convey the movement and emotions of urban spaces.
The aesthetic impact of the collection is a result of the harmonious marriage of the two designers’ different creative visions. Both bring very unique ideas and talents to the table and for many years they have collaborated very successfully. Oleg’s sharp architectural eye and Anna’s sensibility to nature complement each other perfectly. Together, they are able to create objects of great beauty and high aesthetic value. This collection is one of these examples: four cities and five designs tell a magical tale of travel and inspiration.
LONDON SOARING BIRDS
London’s parks are famously and elegantly woven into the city’s fabric: centuries-old trees offer refuge to birds that never leave the city. It was that image of the birds, always ready to soar into the sky, that found its way into Anna Agapova’s drawings. These were created in the style of Jackson Pollock, the master of abstract expressionism. This pattern is a graphic expression of the ornamental lines representing the firmness and the movement of the branches and, of course, the birds taking flight.
NEW YORK SHADOWS
Fire escapes adorning the buildings of New York became the inspiration for this design. Although these ladders are not rare in American cities, only New York displays them proudly on the front of the buildings. Inspired by the play of lacy shadows on the classic facades in Soho, designer Anna Agapova decided to recreate this exciting feature in form of an ornamental rug.
The starting point for for the creation of this design was a visit to the masonry vault of St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. The graphic structure rising to the ancient order of the thistle inspired designer Anna Agapova to create a dynamic drawing full of decorative detail and ornate patterns. The design has a strong emotional link to historic epics of heroes, knights and kings.
ST. PETERSBURG SNOW MOTIFS
The northern capital of Russia is not only famous for its drawbridges, embankments and gardens but also for the beautiful railings surrounding them. The snow-covered ornamental metal railings of Mikhailovsky Garden were the inspiration for this rug pattern. Through the softness of the lines, designer Agapova Anna conveys the peaceful feeling of the wintery park and its mesmerising tranquillity.
ST. PETERSBURG DRAWBRIDGES
St. Petersburg, which is often lovingly called ‘Venice of the North’, is strongly associated with its drawbridges. Looking at the design of this rug, one can see a boat passing under a bridge. This design was created by architect Oleg Klodt when he explored the synergy of architecture and water.
The possibility of product customisation further adds to the very unique character of this collection. By giving clients an option to change the colour, size and scale of the print, they can become co-author of the story told by Oleg and Anna. Clients who choose this option can be an active part of creating their own unique work of art.
The rugs are wholly made of natural materials such as silk and wool. Only natural dyes were used in the colouring process and even the weavers’ looms were made from wood.
The collection resembles illustrations of a travel book.
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