Spring 2016 / A nice writeup by editor Malin Lonnberg...
"Sagarika Sundaram has a lot going on. The young designer’s first two rug collections, for Floor_Story and Tiipoi, debuted London Design Festival last year, she is busy mastering every technique from weaving to felting, carding to dyeing, and is about to join textile artist Claudy Jongstra in Friesland in the Netherlands. All in addition to her day job in brand/UX strategy. ‘Life is long, I have time,’ she says with a smile.
Her designs for Floor_Story and Tiipoi are quite different beasts. The two rugs for the former are tonal creations in handtufted wool, Laxmi in pinkish pastels and Rekha in deep shades of red. Jama-Khan blue and pink for Tiipoi, handwoven cotton flatweaves, have something of Mondrian about them. ‘I wanted to see what I could do with geometrics,’ says Sundaram.
She is currently working on her next collection for Floor_Story, which will be based on the Madras check, the traditional pattern from her native city in India. More than a rehash, the designs play with the idea of translucent folds, injecting a sense of three-dimensionality.
With these new rugs Sundaram intends to delve even deeper into the production of her works, spurred on by a keen interest in technique. That same interest will see her join Jongstra this spring to learn more about the making of textiles, from sheep to finished piece. ML"