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At Interieur 2010 during the 22nd International Design Biennale in Kortrijk, Dutch designer Antoine Peters teamed up with popular bag brand Eastpak and furniture manufacturers Quinze & Milan. The by-product of their joint efforts are seen through a colorful couch in which participants were given free reign to make their mark on the project. Dazed Digital caught up with the designer with a selection of answers seen below.
Dazed Digital: How did you get involved in this project?
Antoine Peters: I was already in contact with Eastpak to do some kind of collaboration and then this project came around and it all fell into place. Eastpak and Quinze & Milan are iconic brands, so that was a good start. It was challenging for sure, but we all share the same kind of philosophy and attitude about life and design, so the collaboration felt quite natural. Fashion is an interdisciplinary subject and I love the fact that it allows you to combine forces and create something strong and innovative.
DD: Can you tell us more about the installation at the 22nd International Design Biennial in Kortrijk?
Antoine Peters: For this installation we created a ‘’flat’ colouring page-like world with the sofa, some clothing and accessories. You could step inside this world and become part of it by colouring the sofa yourself with a marker. It was pretty cool, because normally you are hardly allowed to even touch the designs!
DD: What was your reaction when you saw the sofa all coloured in?
Antoine Peters: ‘Wow!’ When I came up with the idea, I pictured it in my mind, but seeing it for real it was even more intense, because of all these structures and colouring choices people made. The sofa really absorbed all the energy of the visitors.