Trace is an unconventional quilted rug that combines a soft appearance with a rigorous graphic pattern and aesthetic colour combinations.
The rug’s expressive pattern is inspired by flowing lines and traces in the sand created by grass and reeds blown in the wind. The designers have combined this with classic geometric forms and created a design that is bursting with life.
The design pair of Sarah Böttger and Hanna Emelie Ernsting explained how they came up with the idea of Trace after wishing that they could make their floor a more inviting place:
“The floor is an important part of the areas that we use in our daily lives. Children learn to crawl on the floor, many people like reading there and others find it relaxing to just lie there and spread out. Unfortunately, we often overlook the floor during interior design, and this leads to them becoming unappealing areas. Therefore, we wanted to create a rug with a new and modern look. We wanted it to add a different look to the floor, but at the same time contain the familiar elements that make a rug nice and cozy,” they explain.
By quilting the rug, the designers have brought aspects from sofas and bedspreads to the floor. The result is a rug with a cushioning effect and that also provides a stable underlay. Trace has a versatile rectangular form, which means it is well suited to all types of rooms and the dynamic quilted pattern adds a unique feel to the room.
Sarah Böttger & Hanna Emelie Ernsting
Hanna Emelie Ernsting is a German-American designer. From 2004 to 2010 she studied product design at the HfG in Karlsruhe and at the ENSAD in Paris. During her studies she worked with the Dutch designer Ineke Hans in Arnhem, with the architects ISAR in San Francisco, as well as with the Vitra Design Museum. Hanna started her own design studio in 2011. Hanna’s designs have been exhibited internationally in museums, contests and fairs in Milan, New York City, Hongkong, St. Etienne, Taipei, Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and several other places. Her products have been distinguished with awards such as the Interior Innovation Award (2nd prize) at the D3 Talents Contest by the German Design Council and received a nomination for Designpreis Deutschland 2012 Newcomer.
Sarah Böttger lives and works in Wiesbaden, Germany. After finishing her apprenticeship as a furniture maker, she studied product design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main. During her studies she spent one semester at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki where she focused on furniture and glas design affected by a strong influence of the northern culture. Her approach to design is based on everyday experiences and the habits of people which leave their marks in her creations. While being conscious of the used materials and their processing, she believes traditional and modern techniques can create exciting intersections. She does not focus on diverting trends, but the ambition to develop functional objects that ought to be used and lived with in the long term. In order to achieve a unique identity and appreciation, every detail needs to be thought through carefully.