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flax

Flax (also known as common flax or linseed), is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the Western countries as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen. The oil is known as linseed oil. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word "flax" can also refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant. The plant species is known only as a cultivated plant, and appears to have been domesticated just once from the wild species Linum bienne, called pale flax.


christien meindertsma - flax
t.e. introduces "the flax project", a collection designed by christien meindertsma. It consists of different objects, based on the contemporary handwriting of meindertsma in perfect harmony with the traditional Dutch 16th century cordage industry. By analysing the history of this craft, she has reduced the ropery to the original Dutch material: flax. Using the flax from a Dutch farmhouse, the filaments are spun in flax yarns, after which these are twisted into strands. The fresh and innovative approach of meindertsma to the very old techniques as spinning, weaving, twining and splitting has resulted in an astonishing collection of different objects. In conjunction with Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen.

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t.e. 210Christien Meindertsma designed a permanent installation of linen pigeons for Texture, the museum of  flax in Kortrijk, Belgium. The installation is about the homing pigeons used for espionage during the First World War, some of which were captured and held in the building that is now the museum. Each pigeon is  filled with  flax seeds and covered in various kinds of natural Belgian linen.

One of the first prototypes of the pigeon was made in a blue chambray-like textile, and for some time Christien wished to make the pigeons in different shades but she never really found a textile that worked.

When she received the colour samples of Kvadrat Canvas 2 and made a test bird, the pattern worked very well with the woolen textile. Because the filling is just linseed, the shape comes entirely from the textile’s sturdiness and slight stretch. For Pigeon Service, birds are made in all the available shades of Kvadrat Canvas to create a three-dimensional colour card: small objects that individually demonstrate the quality of the textile and together show the whole range. There are enough birds in Pigeon Service that some can also wander off and sit in other places...
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After Label/Breed connected Christien Meindertsma with Enkev, a company specializing in natural fibers, they concluded that a composite of flax and PLA — or polylactic acid, a bioplastic — would be an ideal sustainable construction material. She designed the chair to be made from one sheet of composite measuring roughly 2 feet by 3 feet, with very little waste. The initial run will use straw-colored natural flax. Big winner at  the Dutch Design Award 2016 & New Material Award 2016 and purchased by Vitra Design Museum 2016.

dimensions : 60 x 50 x 87 cm high
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t.e. 163 pigeon service

Christien Meindertsma designed a permanent installation for Texture Flax Museum (Kortrijk, BE) in 2014.
The installation consists of 200 pigeons spread across the building.
Her inspiration came from the traveling and espionage pigeons that were locked into the building of the Linen Thread Company – which today is Museum Texture – during the First World War.
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100% linen
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100% linen
53 x 58 cm
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t.e. 080flax  tea towel

100% linen
65 x 70 cm
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t.e. 079flax ottoman, 140 meter
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t.e. 078flax rug, 110 meter
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l.b.071.42 wool & bio-based plastic carpet

This sustainable carpet is warm pressed to create a dense sheet with meshed lines. Single pieces can adorn separate rooms, combine to create a room’s centerpiece or be used as acoustic isolation on the walls.

dimensions: 192x 82 cm
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