Rotterdam, the Netherlands – Soft PU foam squirted out of a syringe has been used to weave a series of handmade rugs by a Dutch design house.
Adriaan van der Ploeg and Ward van Gemert founded the NightShop design house in 2010. In the beginning the designers would mix each colour themselves, adding pigment to the polyurethane and pouring it across a table.
Once the creations dried, they simply peeled them off. But as they began to execute more complex designs, they found themselves needing more control over the material. “It was a natural process,” van der Ploeg said. “When we made a couple, we became quite skilled at just pouring the foam by hand. This makes the carpets also a bit more rough and, in our opinion, cooler.”
Looking for a way to make thin lines, the pair turned to syringes, filling them with the different hues and slowly squirting the liquid foam across a flat surface. “It took a lot of practice,” van der Ploeg said.
The PU dries fast. “We really like working quickly and making quick decisions,” van der Ploeg added.