ABOUT HENZEL STUDIO
HENZEL STUDIO is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer established in 1999. Henzel Studio’s ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and creative director. Over the past twenty years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world.
“Henzel Studio has as a result, along with Calle Henzel’s body of work, established itself as the leading brand for contemporary fine art rugs worldwide.”
Joakim Andreasson, Curator of Henzel Studio Collaborations and Creative Director of cultureEDIT.
To expand on this practice, HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS was conceived as a continuous initiative inviting some of the most prominent contemporary artists of our time to freely and seamlessly translate their work through an alternate media and the extraordinary practices that are involved in the making of Henzel Studio’s rugs.
All pieces are made by hand, using centuries’ old weaving techniques that make each rug one of a kind. The artists are all groundbreaking and leading forces within their respective fields and media, ranging from sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, installations, reliefs and video art. Their mark has not only been honored and highlighted at leading galleries and institutions worldwide, but also widely documented and manifested as a mirror of cultural movements.
Henzel Studio Collaborations include art rugs by artists RICHARD PRINCE, HELMUT LANG, ANSELM REYLE, SCOTT CAMPBELL, JACK PIERSON, MICKALENE THOMAS, ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS, ROBERT KNOKE, LEO GABIN, MARILYN MINTER, LINDER, NAN GOLDIN, RICHARD PHILLIPS and JUERGEN TELLER.
VOLUME 2 & HERITAGE
2016-2017 marks the debut of the second installment of Henzel Studio Collaborations, Volume 2, and HENZEL STUDIO HERITAGE, a collection of art rugs designed in close collaboration with foundations of some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
THE CARPET KARTELL
2017 marks the debut of the THE CARPET KARTELL, a newly founded association for manufacturers that develop artist designed carpets. Established by Equator Production and Henzel Studio in December 2016, The Carpet Kartell was created by Equator Production’s founder Petra Singh and Henzel Studio curator Joakim Andreasson when they met at a panel discussion for the exhibition WALL-TO- WALL, CARPETS BY ARTISTS at MOCA Cleveland (curated by Dr. Cornelia Lauf, Sept 23 – Dec 31, 2016).
In a sector that blurs the boundaries between fine art, decorative arts, craft and interior design, both Singh and Andreasson acknowledged the need to collaborate on models for how artist designed rugs resonate and are channeled across these spheres. Their collaboration aims to set parameters that uphold their respective and uncompromising standards, while also laying the groundwork for
other organizations to join.
Artist designed carpets have been around for quite some time in various forms, and some of the most prominent artists including Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol have all turned to the media at some point in their oeuvre. However, rather than looking back, both Equator Production and Henzel Studio look to encapsulate facets of contemporary art by working with a curated group of artists that simultaneously express their respective ethos within a broad yet defined scope.
An exhibition at Tanja Grunert Gallery in New York marks the launch of THE CARPET KARTELL’s onwards efforts to advance the medium of artist designed carpets while navigating the worlds of art and design to further grow the genre’s potential. THE CARPET KARTELL
affiliates are both proud members of GOODWEAVE, the world’s leading international non-profit organization working to end child labor in the carpet industry, while offering educational opportunities in weaving communities. The exhibition coincides with New York’s Collective Design Fair, Frieze Art Fair and International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
The Carpet Kartell
Tanja Grunert Gallery