During Beirut Design Fair, Iwan Maktabi Flagship Store hosted a space-themed rave to launch cc-tapis’s latest collections, one of which is the Super Fake by Bethan Laura Wood. FashionRepublik chatted with the super award winning multidisciplinary British designer, Bethan Laura Wood, about her philosophy behind the Super Fake collection for cc-tapis.
Bethan Laura Wood series of rugs are inspired by the collision of the man-made with nature. Each based on a different rock form, whose surface patterns are created through the organic build-up of sediment through time and a combination of materials under pressure; In these rugs each layer or facet is represented by a variety of beautiful rug-making techniques which have been developed over centuries by Tibetan artisans.
Bethan uses the rock as a reference to explore the post instagram and ‘snap chat world, where the fleeting two-dimensional image, collide with a physical and tactile reality, the hyper-, and super-, fake spill into our daily lives.
Rocks and crystals have always symbolized a very physical reality of nature; when something is ‘set in stone’ it is a mark of permanence. With this series, Bethan hopes to create rugs that connect and hold permanence in our fast-paced world, by imagining a visual landscape that allows us, though its detail and dynamism, to lose ourselves and dream.
Alongside, Bethan Laura Wood collection, other cc-tapis designs were on display, including Slinkie by Patricia Urquiola and the Inventory collection by Faye Toogood. The rugs were also on display at Iwan Maktabis’ stand at the Beirut Design Fair among the new Tribù collection by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba.