Kvadrat (company)

Kvadrat is a Danish textile company that produces and supplies textiles and textile-related products to architects, designers and private consumers in Europe and worldwide. Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 with deep roots in Scandinavia's design tradition.

IndustryTextile design
FounderPoul Byriel
Erling Rasmussen
Key people
Anders Byriel, CEO
Productstextiles and textile-related products
Websitewww.kvadrat.dk Edit this at Wikidata


The company Kvadrat was founded by Poul Byriel and Erling Rasmussen in 1968 in Ebeltoft, Denmark. They worked closely with designers such as Nanna Ditzel, Finn Sködt,[1] Nina Koppel[2] and Gunnar Aagaard Andersen and created a portfolio of furniture textiles.[3]

Kvadrat's close collaboration with designers resulted in the creation of classic textiles such as Nanna Ditzel's Hallingdal that has kept a strong presence in private homes, hospitals, airports and trains, most prominently on the Danish National Railways (DSB). National critical recognition of Kvadrat's contribution to design came in 1986 when Danish Museum of Art and Design staged the exhibition Kvadrat Textiles through 20 Years.[4]

In the early 1980s Kvadrat joined the international design scene when they started to work with Italian-based American designer Ross Littell. The company resisted international trends and kept its distinctive Scandinavian style. Kvadrat textiles were used as the bearer of national political symbolism when British architects Foster and Partners were commissioned to design the interior of the Debating Chamber of the Bundestag in the Reichstag, where cobalt blue Topas textile was used "to represent a strong image of Parliament".[citation needed]

The direction of Kvadrat passed to the next generation in the 1990s, when Poul Byriel's son Anders Byriel took over as the CEO along with Erling Rasmussen's daughter Mette Bendix as the product director.[5]

In 2011, Kvadrat bought a 49% share of Wooltex in the UK.[6] In March 2017, Kvadrat announced the purchase of 52% of the Danish sustainable materials company Really.[7]


Kvadrat/Raf Simons cushion

Kvadrat (which means the square in Danish) is a producer and supplier of textiles and textile-related products for architects, designers and private consumers in Europe and worldwide.[5]

Kvadrat also develops acoustic panels made of acoustic-absorbing textiles to eliminate the echo in large buildings and open spaces.[8] Its brand Really specializes in upcycling end-of-life textiles into solid textile boards for reuse.[9]

Kvadrat has collaborations with external designers and artists. Throughout the years Kvadrat has worked with designers, architects and artists including Raf Simons,[10] Alfredo Häberli, Peter Saville, Olafur Eliasson, Akira Minagawa, Hella Jongerius, Tord Boontje, Miriam Bäckström and Werner Aisslinger.[11] In June 2017, Kvadrat released 3 models of the Adidas Stan Smith in a partnership with the sports brand.[12]

Kvadrat's design collaborations have resulted in products and projects such as B&O PLAY speakers and Vifa loudspeakers.

Art and architectureEdit

Kvadrat textiles have been used in architectural developments such as The Gherkin in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Reichstag Berlin, Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, the Copenhagen Opera House in Denmark, Foster & Partners studio in London, Yves St. Laurent in Paris and the Oslo Opera House in Norway.[13]

Kvadrat has actively engaged in projects with artists, museums, galleries and designers. Such projects include:[14]


  1. ^ Cowan, Katy (26 March 2019). "Blue is Divine: a colourful homage to Finn Sködt as Kvadrat refreshes its Divina Melange range". Material Source. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ Silver, Hannah (6 September 2019). "Air time: Georg Jensen breathes new life into Nina Koppel's Fusion design". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  3. ^ Withers, Jane (7 October 2007). "The Talk: Dream Weavers". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  4. ^ Trafford, Matthew J. (23 February 2018). "1968 // Kvadrat & Raf Simons". Avenue Road USA. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Porter, Jeni (3 May 2019). "Creation Story". The Australian. Retrieved 31 October 2019 – via PressReader.
  6. ^ Amy Frearson (26 March 2017). "Kvadrat textile factory revealed in photography by Alastair Philip Wiper". Dezeen.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  7. ^ Allison Fonder (7 April 2017). "Kvadrat x Really and the Rise of the Circular Economy Mindset". Core77.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  8. ^ Ben Hobson (17 May 2017). "Kvadrat's handmade acoustic panels bring "softness" to minimalist spaces". Dezeen.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. ^ Alice Morby (7 April 2017). "Max Lamb creates 12 benches from discarded textiles for Really installation". Dezeen.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Raf Simons' new textile collection with Kvadrat". Wallpaper.com. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Kvadrat Showroom London : Architecture Information + Images". e-architect. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  12. ^ Lia Mc Garrigle (23 June 2017). "adidas Originals & Kvadrat Team up for 3 Textured Stan Smiths". Highsnobiety.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  13. ^ Etherington, Rose (20 March 2009). "Kvadrat showroom by Peter Saville and David Adjaye". Dezeen. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  14. ^ "Kvadrat art projects". Kvadrat. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2009.

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