The concept for Mesh derives from Scholten & Baijings’s Strap Chair (2014), which reinterprets 17th-century Dutch cane or woven chairs. Specially developed braided polyester straps are wound around the chair’s tubular frame in a striped, light-to-dark arrangement, producing harmonious combinations of hues. Likewise, Mesh’s animated surface features a modified checkerboard pattern wherein rectangles of ribbed texture alternate with smooth stacks of compact colour punctuated by crisp fluorescent stripes. These critical colour accents are evident in the earliest prototypes, in which a checked pattern was anchored to a foam backing by vivid stitches. In addition to these samples, Scholten & Baijings’s studio produced yarn windings as studies for the juxtaposition of solid and composed colour.
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