1. Windworks by Merel Karhof


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    more info on this project on: ////// www.windknittingfactory.bigcartel.com ///// www.merelkahof.nl ///// The design studio of Merel Karhof, proudly present Windworks. Windworks is a collection of upholstered furniture pieces, of which the wood, upholstery, dyeing and knitting of the yarn are all made with a free and inexhaustible energy source; the wind. ‘Wind Knitting factory’ designer Merel Karhof initiated a collaboration between three millers: a saw miller, a colour miller and a knitting miller (Karhof herself). The Zaanse Schans is an area located on the river ‘Zaan’ in the province of Noord Holland and is home to a collection of well-preserved historic windmills. Each one of these produces a different kind of raw material. There is a colour mill called ‘De Kat’ (the Cat), which has been fitted out to grind colouring materials, as well as a sawmill called ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the Young Sheep), that saws planks from trees to old Dutch measurements. For the occasion of this collaboration, Karhof designed a series of furniture pieces. The wood is sawn by the wind and assembled at the sawmill; from there it is transported by water to the pigment mill. Here the yarn is dyed with natural dyes, grounded by the colour mill. After the dyeing process, the ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ knits the yarns, and with each harvest, the wood structures are upholstered.

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    • Sweater-Chair-Ball-Winder


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      1:1 scale test of the installation Sweater-Chair-Ball-Winder.

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      • Sweater-Chair-ball-winder


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        This Sweater-Chair-Ball-Winder unravels old knitted sweaters onto a chair. The old sweater becomes the upholstery of the chair. It can mix several different sweaters to get different colours.

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          • Switch & Light


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            Switch & Light a collaboration between Marc Trotereau and Merel Karhof A light that consists of two parts a light and a switch. The switch is operational on a high level. The base is made of black concrete, which is split in two. The cable, that provides the light with current, runs through the lamp and gives its colour to the stem.

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            • Wind Knitting Factory - By Merel Karhof


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              ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ is a wind powered knitting machine that is attached to the facade of a building. The blades embrace more than a meter in diameter, and the wind cached by this mill drives the machine. Like this a long scarf gets knitted along the building downwards. When it is windy the machine knits fast and with less wind it knits slowly. From the top of the façade the knitwear drops down along the front, until a window has been reached. Trough the window the knitwear gets continuously transported inside, where people can see it becoming longer and longer. Occasionally the knitwear gets ‘harvested’ and transformed into scarves. Every scarf gets a label that tells you the time and date on which the wind made the scarf. Currently Merel works as well on upholstered furniture made with wind knitted fabric. This mobile wind factory, which operates between the public and the private space, illustrates a production process and visualizes what you can produce with the present urban wind. ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ is part of the triptych ‘Energy Harvesters’ which are about the lost energy sources of a city.

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