The Danish textile company Kvadrat has always strived for quality, but in recent years the renowned brand has increased its focus on achieving excellence. The company recently launched Kvadrat Roller Blinds, which are made for architectural projects all over the world and designed by well-known French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
“When you are a small company, you might be a little less strong-minded regarding your values, but when you grow bigger as a company, your values mean a lot more. To us, our value set starts with three fundamental things: quality, quality and quality. When we were a smaller company, we had a few products that were medium quality, but today everything is and must be top quality. And it is an ongoing process of developing your level of quality – if you stand still, you are already going down the hill,” says Anders Byriel, CEO of Kvadrat.
According to Kvadrat, the roller blinds will enable you to optimise your indoor climate. With the Bouroullecs’ attention to detail and subtle colour choices, the made-to-order system combines aesthetic and functional quality. Constructed out of durable aluminium, it allows you to control light levels, glare and temperature, and thereby ensure your preferred environment.
Most windows require some form of light-management system. Throughout the day, light and temperature levels often vary. Kvadrat roller blinds work by reflecting and absorbing light to provide control over shading, glare, thermal comfort and other individual needs as light conditions change.
“It is cool to create a new take on something as fundamental as a roller blind and breathe new life into these objects. It is also nice to make more innovative projects – inventing new products – but it is definitely also exciting to meet a defined need where you can make a difference. It is not all about commerciality, but more about doing something beautiful, functional and intuitive,” says Anders Byriel.
The frame and textiles come in a selection of sizes and colours. Three Kvadrat textiles designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Stratus, Nimbus and Cumulus, make it possible to create a monochrome look or bold contrasts. And if the design requirements change, the textiles can easily be changed.
“We have tried to solve a problem with Kvadrat. Our challenge was to capture the right spirit and mood with the roller blind. Roller blinds can be quite extensively used in buildings, so should not attract all the attention. We had to rethink what is a beige; is it a light grey? And what is black? Basically, we spent four years considering every detail,” says designer Erwan Bouroullec.
The system’s design allows for installation on any vertical or horizontal surface, such as a ceiling, wall, beam or window frame. Using a patented construction mechanism, no screws or hinges are visible, and the cassette seamlessly integrates with the interior. The system is available as chain-operated, switch-operated and remote-controlled versions.
“The roller blind was a type of product we could not challenge. Ronan and I simply wanted to make a perfect construction – to treat this everyday object with decency and respect. It is refined, like a Swiss watch. It is halfway between an open roll and a closed case system. Every part is integrated, but the visibility of the textile roll is kept, while its top and back side are protected by a ‘half box’. In addition, it is very simple to use and install,” ends Erwan Bouroullec.