Young Designers Get To Create Art Pieces With Denim Waste

G-Star RAW has created denim art pieces since its start, with art and design being a strong part of its DNA. In 2022 the brand is launching a new art platform: The Art of RAW. Collaborating with various international award-winning design talents such as Teun Zwets, Athena Gronti, Lenny Stöpp, Hozan Zangana, Nienke Sikkema, Iwan Pol and Pien Post. 

The talents of the future 

Continuing in their quest to push creative boundaries, G-Star RAW is collaborating with multiple young creatives on a brand-new series of art objects. In line with the brand’s responsible initiatives, each artist has been given the freedom to experiment using denim waste, creating unique pieces within their own disciplinary whilst upcycling materials. 

Introducing: Teun Zwets  

The first designer to take part is Teun Zwets (1992). Graduating from the Design Academy  Eindhoven in 2020, he immediately won the Kazerne Award and hasn’t looked back since. His design strategy? Just start to create on the spot – then something will come out of it. For The Art of RAW he made the furniture object ‘Denim Living’. Starting with a chair prototype, Teun initially built a metal frame as a base. To add strength, he layered denim waste piece by piece, eventually laminating the fabric with a binder to make it solid. The finished furniture object featured a lamp,  cupboard and chair in one, creating a distinctly unique art piece. 

“I was honored when G-Star asked me to work on this project but also really excited because I hadn’t worked with denim much before! Experimenting and trying new techniques are always a part of my process. First I made a prototype then played around with the denim, finally creating the unique furniture  piece – Denim Living.” – Teun Zwets 

Over the coming year, there will be monthly collaborative projects from many young designers who inspire G-Star today. From glass artistry and textile design to sculpture and ceramic art, multiple artistic avenues will be explored whilst utilizing the material at G-Star’s core – denim. 

There is no limit to what denim can do 

With a strong dedication to craftsmanship, G-Star RAW has continuously explored the endless possibilities of denim. Over the years, various abstract denim art pieces have been created,  including the RAW Denim tutu created in lockdown for the Dutch National Ballet. 

The first Art of RAW collaboration with Teun Zwets launched on April 12th 2022. Every month a new collaboration will launch on the G-Star RAW social channels.  

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