This week we attended the spectacular launch of Convergence; a project involving the unprecedented collaboration between a visual artist and a design practice, in the creation of an exclusive fine rug collection inspired by a series of paintings by James Vella Clark. Conceived by DAAA Haus and hosted by camilleriparismode, the idea behind this exclusive rug collection was simple, yet a true testament of the life of someone living art and design ceaselessly.
Each carpet was beautifully displayed and curated within a carefully designed interior decor and surrounding ornaments. The original paintings where also paired with each rug hinting the process from the start to the finished product. Guests where also invited to walk barefoot to feel the softness and quality of the hand crafted wool and silk carpets.
When Keith Pillow, director of Daaa Haus was travelling to India for the first time in 2019, exploring the possibility of setting up a satellite design and architecture studio in Mumbai, he immediately fell in love with the country, its traditions and spectacular craftsmanship.
Experiencing the production of the exquisite rugs first-hand, he was intrigued by the idea of developing something unique, which would fuse the Maltese and Indian cultures. Whilst pondering on the concept, Keith recalled an art collection of a fellow countryman and friend: artist James Vella Clark. The synergy that follows is a reinterpretation of James’ works, intricately reproduced in an unconventional form of luxurious rugs.
About the Convergence series collection
Born in 1975, James Vella Clark is one of Malta’s prevalent expressionist interpreters of the Maltese urban and rural landscape. Since his first public exhibition in 2001, his works have been gradually evolving in abstraction. Eventually, this became part of a natural process that led to his current abstract work. Today, his main idiom is abstraction which lends mostly to the abstract expressionist movement of the fifties and sixties.
Besides a number of solo exhibitions in Malta, James Vella Clark has held personal exhibitions in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and New York. Over the years he was also invited to participate in collective exhibitions in Barcelona, Florence, Brussels, Duisburg, Vienna, and London. James Vella Clark lives and works from his studio in Valletta.
DAAA Haus is a fast-growing multi-disciplinary international design practice with a unique design process of mixing parameters, such as strategies and systems, techniques and tools, materials, technology and people, as well as other relevant lifestyle and cultural factors. Bringing together the skills, talents and passion for eye-catching, innovative and functional design, DAAA Haus’ work today ranges from architecture, branding, interiors, to product design and art projects.
DAAA Haus treasures any art form and is constantly in search of new talent promoting freedom of expression and creating opportunities where artists and designers meet to give life to new art. For us at DAAA, modern art is the world’s creative response to rational practices and perspectives of life. We work closely with artists to represent their experience of the newness of modern life in an innovative form.
Beauty in all its forms has always been a priority for camilleriparismode. From art exhibitions, fashion shows and launches; our ethos has and always will be, to bring beauty to the forefront of all we do. Celebrating art, artists and the techniques through events has become our favourite way to connect our clientele with worlds undiscovered that we feel deserve visibility – it is a form of duty and privilege that we undertake we pride.