Maybe greater than some other designer working proper now, Albert Kriemler, the inventive director of the Swiss trend home Akris, is deeply invested in artwork and artists, to whom he often turns to encourage his collections. For Kriemler, each season presents a chance to meditate on what he calls a brand new “artist relationship”-be it a direct collaboration or a set of works he’s impressed by-that he reinterprets in materials, patterns, and silhouettes to answer to the cultural second. This season, Kriemler joined forces with two artists for what he describes as one amongst his finest collections thus far: a futuristic, shade-saturated group that includes silhouettes impressed by and conceived with German painter Imi Knoebel, and launched in a surprising movie presentation shot by award-successful Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn. Collectively, the designer, artist, and filmmaker collaborated in distinctive methods to deliver to life the gathering, which Kriemler conceived out of phosphorescent materials and sequins, techno cotton, linen silks, and additional.
We spoke with Kriemler about his latest work. You’ve created this unimaginable assortment impressed by the works of Imi Knoebel, who had an precise hand in serving to you translate his creative themes into your works. How did this collaboration come to be? What was it like conceiving it in the middle of a pandemic? I’ve on a regular basis been blown away by Imi’s work, notably his use of shade, ever since seeing it in 2004 on the Galerie Wilma Lock in St. Gallen. Engaged on this assortment all through the pandemic was certainly very difficult, partially as a result of the pandemic interrupted a course of we had already begun earlier throughout the yr. We started assembly in January in Düsseldorf, however then I couldn’t journey until the highest of Could, which is troublesome while you’re doing such a mission, because you want to share as a lot as you might with the artist in particular person.