for Nodus High Design Rugs
TACUA FUKUSHIMAE &
Invisible, scentless, it goes through walls and into us, animals and plants and affects on a cellular level. We are bombarded by it from the cosmos, the earth itself and activities in everyday life, but radiation, sometimes caricatured in science-fiction and popular entertainment, has very real ramifications to our biology and ecology.
This has been brought to the fore of the world’s attention through the atomic bombing that ended World War II, nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima in very recent history. The fear of nuclear energy is matched by only our awe and growing dependence on it.
Lanzavecchia + Wai, deeply fascinated by historical entomological illustrations and triggered by the effects of radiation on living beings, designs the MUTAZIONI carpets for high design rug company NODUS.The carpets present the top-down view of two fictitious insects Amaurodes Chernobilis and Tacua Fukushimae, as you would a mounted insect specimen.
Their names allude to the new species of a beetle and cicada hypothesized by Lanzavecchia + Wai, caused directly by the two nuclear disasters that have occurred in their lifetime.
The pattern in the background of the hand-tufted pieces, developed by Olivia Lee, follows the precision of the Golden Ratio, serves to highlight the asymmetrical imperfection of the mutated insects in a game of “Spot the Difference” engaged with their viewer.
Nature, being the system of perfect design evolution has bestowed upon us, is distorted and irrevocably changed by Humankind’s hand after millions of years, and the effects of which create unknown ripples into the future, and show us how fragile life is. This is the poignant message the designers hope to convey through this exquisite exemplar of human craftsmanship, a bittersweet vision while the viewer is entranced by its strange beauty.
“Golden Ratio” Carpet grid pattern by Olivia Lee