It’s no longer just the walls of your home that can accommodate unique artwork – windows are the new canvas. Paris-based company Studio MTX is pioneering this elevated form of window dressing, using architectural embroidery to create solutions that maintain natural light and offer privacy, while also being graphic and memorable.
At this year’s Milan Design Week, the studio collaborated with furniture brand Sé at the Rossana Orlandi Gallery, layering ethereal silk panels to breathtaking effect. Composed to reflect the soft curves of Sé’s designs, the fabric panels were outlined by brushed brass detailing that glints in sunlight.
This is haute couture reimagined for the home, and Studio MTXis uniquely placed to bring fashion and art credentials to interiors. Established in 2013 as a directional division within Chanel’s embroidery atelier Montex – a workshop whose roots go back to1939 – its aim was to redefine, innovate and push the boundaries of what it’s possible to achieve with embroidery. The result is cool, edgy designs that utilise traditional techniques of tapestry and weaving, integrating heritage materials such as ribbon, crystals and pearls. The studio’s most progressive projects include wood and plastic – it’s even woven glass tubes into fabrics.
Now under the creative leadership of Mathieu Bassée (above), formerly of Hermès, Studio MTX is taking its experimental tendencies to new heights, collaborating with global brands, including Pierre Hardy, Issey Miyake and Didier Faustino, to create bespoke textile creations. Train to Rouen, an installation designed in partnership with artist Vikram Divecha, has even been displayed at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, cementing the studio’s artistic expertise. The lateKarl Lagerfeld has championed the brand’s fashion-forward style, commissioning a piece for a restaurant he designed in Macau.
Want to turn your own windows into a work of art? The studio’s window dressings will soon be available in three sizes, installed as fixed or moving panels. mtx-paris.com
This article first appeared in August 2019 issue of ELLE Decoration
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