UNStudio's Hem carpet collection features
pixel-like patterns

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Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has designed a range of carpets patterned to mimic the facades of some of his firm's buildings (+ slideshow).

HEM by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

Van Berkel's Hem collection for German brand Carpet Concept features abstracted images of natural and urban patterns from different times of the day.

HEM by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

The dotted designs echo the perforated facade of UNStudio's Dance Palace project in St Petersburg and the giant illuminated grid that surrounds its Galeria Centercity complex in Cheonan, Korea.

HEM by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

A digital pixellation process was used to create non-directional patterns across the carpets, which appear as different graphic effects when viewed from various angles and distances.



The close-weave carpets feature one dominant colour and small dots in a number of other hues – available in 34 different combinations.

HEM by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

"Part of the inspiration for the designs and the patterns was to give them more complexity through the use of different colours and the directionality of active movement," said Van Berkel.

HEM by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

"This creates a spatial layering quality which is quite unusual in a two-dimensional surface, but is something that can often be found in our work," he added.

HEM by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

Van Berkel argued that architects have the advantage of taking spatial and contextual considerations into account when designing products.

HEM by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

"Approaching the design of a product as an autonomous object – as product designers tend to do – also has its advantages," he said. "But lately clients like to embed their products with these added dimensions also."

The Hem carpets are designed for use in homes, offices and hotels. Other products by UNStudio include seats with curvy backrests for Offecct and an S-shaped chair for Artifort.

  • H-J

    Great! Finally, zoom ins of carpets on Dezeen…