Belén always starts in collaboration with material. Matter; the origin, the process, colour, texture and substance are all tools to work with. The design duo wishes to deepen and soften the relationship between people and the environment by staying in close proximity to the origin, and by extracting enticing expressions from known as well as new materials. The Indigo Jacket is made using an age-old hammering technique, derived from the Miao people of Southern China to make their clothing wind- and waterproof. Dying the cotton textile with indigo enhances the oily, glossy quality of this sustainably produced and modern aged windcheater jacket.
About Studio Belén
Belén is a design studio based in Amsterdam — founded by Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen — centred on material research, material application and creative direction. In the material research of Buro Belén, they deepen into themes that relate to the interconnectedness we have as humanity and our planet. Their collaborations involve crafts(wo)men, creatives, scientists, institutes and industry partners. Together, they work towards results that form the beginning of various manifestations such as wearables, products, textiles and other materialisations. This is done by developing yarns, weavings, textures and surfaces that support, shelter or entice our sense of place. All encompass a profound longing for more sustainable and enchanting living environments. Buro Bélens’ self-initiated research therefore plays an integral role in their way of working; their continuous search in finding new ways of seeing which in turn need time to mature and find its place within the industry.