Charlotte Lancelot was born in Brussels in 1980 and studied industrial design at the city’s art school, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des arts Visuels de La Cambre, graduating in 2003. Since then, she has taken part in numerous trade fairs and exhibitions. The main themes of her work are ecology, aesthetics and updating ancient techniques.
She crossed paths with Gan, a Spanish company specialising in rugs, six years ago when the firm spotted her designs, which are characterised by an emotional attachment to the objects that surround her, at an exhibition of her work at the Milan Furniture Fair. This led to a collaboration between designer and firm, whose fruits were unveiled in January at the Maison & Objet trade fair in Paris.
The new Canevas collection of rugs, pouffes and cushions reinterprets traditional cross-stitch, totally transforming it while retaining its essential character.
The pattern of pixel-like crosses recalls petit point except that the stitches, in 100 per cent wool woven on to a felt fabric, are blown-up to create a pixellated effect, and so fuse traditional craft with a digital look. The collection comprises three designs – Red Abstract, Green Abstract and Flower – all in warm, cosy tones.