New collection ‘Shade’ by Ana Popescu x Dare to Rug

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‘Shade’ by Ana Popescu x Dare to Rug is a collection of 4 colourful graphic rugs hand-tufted with New Zealand wool and bamboo silk. All rug designs are created by visual artist Ana Popescu and produced by Dare to Rug.

The rug models derive from 4 acrylic drawings part of Ana Popescu’s ‘Shade’ series, which explores the connection between light and space. The works stemmed from the interest in how light and shade can transform different scenes into something new.

The relation between light and object - that is not constant - is fascinating for Ana, who visually recreates depth using colours, light and shade, and plays with the contrast they make in relation to each other. To better translate the shades in the rug designs, the models are crafted with bamboo silk insertions that create depth and movement.

Ana Popescu is a visual artist based in Vienna, Austria who mainly draws and paints with colours and deals with the theme of space in her artwork.

This is Ana’s first collaboration with a rug design brand and Dare to Rug’s first rug collection designed by another visual artist.

The new collection will be launched during Milan Design Week 2019 at The Room - an exhibition of contemporary design pieces curated by Manfredi Style at Palazzo Cusani, a 17th-century palace in the Brera Design District.

Other featured designers include: Rive Roshan (Netherlands), Atelier Aveus (France), Bloc Studios (Italy), Musing Selles (Spain), Artefatto x Secolo (Italy), Slash Objects (US), Il Pezzo Mancante (Italy), Crisodora (Italy), Lorenzo Careda (Italy) and artist Dario Tironi from Italy.

The exhibition design for ‘The Room’ is created by the Milan-based Studio Milo.

‘Shade’ by Ana Popescu x Dare to Rug collection will be showcased at Palazzo Cusani, Via Brera 15 in Milan between 8 - 14 April 2019.

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