We Make Carpets creates temporary installations from everyday materials and objects. Dutch designers Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg made their first carpet in 2009 while participating in the ‘Instant Nature’ exhibition during that year’s Dutch Design Week. After heading out into the forest, they collected pinecones and needles that became the Forest Carpet. The shape appealed to them and they decided to further develop their collaboration, making six more carpets. "There never was a preconceived plan, like, from now on the three of us will make carpets. At the same time we had the feeling it might lead somewhere." Six years later, and after they have exhibited more than 50 different carpets made from different materials in more than 20 exhibitions worldwide, they were invited by Organisation in Design to present their work at Milan Design Week at Ventura Lambrate.
What makes We Make Carpets unique is that they use products that don’t have any value such as pasta, pegs, plastic forks, sponges, crayons, fireworks and cocktail umbrellas to create unusual carpets. The designers have been totally inspired by the shapes, colors and possibilities that those unique materials represent. According to the group, they want to celebrate these products’ existence. “It’s a bit like meditating. We work in unity, always with the three of us, hardly taking any breaks.”
Each carpet is symmetrical and presents a pattern that has been studied before making it. From distance, it is difficult to actually see what those huge and impressive carpet are made of. Get a bit closer and the viewer discovers the meticulous assorted collection of materials that reveal themselves.