A little more than a year ago, a group of designers gathered around the charrette table at Deborah Berke Partners in New York. The project in progress would be a first-ever for the architecture firm: a product line. Having been approached by Michael Mandapati, the founder of Warp & Weft (a frequent Deborah Berke Partners source for carpets), the group had begun designing a collection of rugs and was looking for inspiration.
“My fellow partners across our residential, commercial, and multi-family projects all came together,” recalls Kiki Dennis, who was joined at the workshops by Deborah Berke, Stephen Brockman, Terrence Schroeder, and Caroline Wharton Ewing. “Without really talking to each other, some of us started to bring images of our own architectural projects, images that focused on how light and shadow interact with architectural moments or materiality. We got really inspired by that imagery and began to abstract it and play with it and come up with the designs for the collection.” The Dawn collection, which launches today, is a series of three neutral-toned rugs that are the result of those inspired meetings. Crafted out of hand-carded, hand-spun Himalayan wool and Indian mulberry silk, the hand-knotted Swiss wash rugs were made to cater to residential projects where their large, asymmetrical designs can morph based on their placement in a room.
The rug series is actually one of three designed by the Deborah Berke Partners and Warp & Weft teams, which plan to release Midday (wool rugs hand-knotted in India) and Dusk (currently in development, though texture will be its emphasis) later this year. Mandapati proposed that the architecture firm design the carpets for project typologies in which they are experts: high-end residential, boutique hospitality, and commercial and multi-family residential use. Deborah Berke Partners decided to split the collection into three capsules wherein the first two were inspired by needs at hotels and private homes, and the third would be ideal for larger, more highly-foot trafficked projects.