Fashion designer Raf Simons and Danish textile brand Kvadrat recently launched their second accessory collection, which is actually the second chapter of their first System Shaker collection.
Simply called Collection 2, the new collection features a range of new products such as slippers, toiletry bags, cotton terry bathrobes, beach towels, and wool throws, all made from high-quality materials like cashmere. Each accessory is designed to work with the Shaker Bar, launched last year, which is a leather-covered horizontal rail inspired by simple but functional furniture.
To create this rail, designed to store daily items in an orderly and organized manner, Simons was inspired by simple and functional furniture. The rail is intended to provide a place to store items without having to store them in a cabinet or drawer, offering both functionality and aesthetic appeal. The new collection combines four colors from the first drop, off-white, pink, green, and black, each chosen by Simons to evoke a different mood or expression. The materials used in the collection have been matched to the exact shades to create a cohesive look.
According to Raf Simons, the entire project was inspired by his own experience of living in a modernist apartment, where the bathroom and bedroom were connected. He wanted to create products that would help people hang their towels and robes without having to fold and store them in a closet. He also wanted the products to be connected to each other, both conceptually and aesthetically.
“I live in a modernist apartment in Antwerp and the bathroom and bedroom are kind of connected. If I don’t want my bathrobe around, I have to fold it and put it in a closet which, of course, you don’t do. You come out of the bath, it’s half wet, and you just want to hang it. If it is a beautiful bathrobe or towel and there’s a matching system to hang it on, then it’s a perfect composition of function and aesthetics,” explained Simons.
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Collection 2 is available at the Kvadrat/Raf Simons concept store in Copenhagen and at select retailers, including Dover Street Market in Beijing and 10 Corso Como in Milan.
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