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Rug, Nebula Heic
Rug, Nebula Heic

Rug, Nebula Heic

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich

The first rug was a bachelor’s degree project in the art and technology module. After completing the photography class at Zurich University of the Arts, David Schönen and Nadja Stäubli founded the label Schoenstaub (Schönen + Stäubli). For their first collection with photo motifs, they used pictures taken with the Hubble space telescope that had just been made public by NASA and ESA. The spectacular image of a spiral nebula provides a glimpse of a far-off galaxy. It is made up of 1.5 gigapixels, which the designers reduced for the rug template to 1.6 million knots/and translated into the color scale used by the manufacturer, an industrial carpet factory in Iran. Transferred into material form, the image has a lower resolution, but the solid-colored, closely woven nylon yarn lends it a magical depth, and it feels surprisingly soft and velvety to the touch.

Teppich, Nebula Heic, 2012
Schoenstaub GmbH, CH
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Teppich, Nebula Heic, 2012, Entuwrf: Schoenstaub GmbH
Zeichnung: Weicher Umbruch, Zürich