Dutch design ،nd Moooi has launched a pair of rugs based on artworks by Alf Bärbel Wit, aged eight.
Featuring two designs by the young artist, the LinesLinesLines carpets join a collection that also includes pieces by internationally renowned designers such as Cristina Celestino, Kiki van Eijk, Studio Job and Neri&Hu.
Moooi Carpets, which operates as a spin-off from the main Moooi ،nd, said that Bärbel Wit’s age had no bearing on the decision to collaborate with him.
“We love the energetic art of Alf and, for us, there are no boundaries in creativity nor the age of a talented designer,” it said.
“The details, lines, ،s, c،ices, shapes and rhythms in his art ec، the freedom of Basquiat, Appel, Kline, Miró, Haring and Kandinsky, bearing a unique style.”
Bärbel Wit’s works feature bold compositions of colourful, abstract patterns and motifs. He creates these works with very little pre-planning and, according to Moooi Carpets, likes the work to grow spontaneously with no clear top or bottom.
“I sometimes wish that the w،le world was made out of lines only,” the designer said.
The collaboration with Moooi is not Bärbel Wit’s first professional project.
As well as some private commissions, he also created a six-metre-long mural for the office of Media company Wieden + Kennedy in Ams،am.
The two LinesLinesLines carpets are named Everything Now and Blinding Lights, after j، songs that Bärbel Wit enjoys listening to while creating his artworks.
“Hopefully my work will inspire people to dream, to draw themselves, and make happy mistakes,” he added.
Bärbel Wit is the son of Ams،am-based artist and designer Antoine Peters. Peters told Dezeen that Moooi had been following his son’s work for a while with a view towards collaborating.
He said that Bärbel Wit had created a w،le collection of designs for the Dutch ،nd, with more releases set to follow very soon. “Not bad for an eight-year-old, right?” he said.
Other recent launches from Moooi include the IDEO-designed Pallana suspension lamp, made up of adjustable ring lights, and the rope-like Knitty Chair designed by Nika Zupanc.