Lydia in St. PetersburgHalle an der Saale
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Founded by textile designer Susan Krieger, this young workshop explores the opposing principles of beauty and transience, and puts them at the heart of its exclusive concept.
The interplay between material and form evokes the expressive force of a near-forgotten aesthetic. An entire era’s splendour and decadence are united and brought to new heights in harmonious floral patterns of eye-catching grandeur. The motif that reigns supreme is the noble and beautiful lilium regale or regal lily.
Lydia in St. Petersburg brings together elegance, timeless aesthetics and the decadent charm of bygone days in extraordinary products that improve with age.
Susan Krieger studied textile design at the highly respected Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle an der Saale. For her graduate project, she showed early signs of a great aptitude for transforming surfaces through oxidative processes. The resulting patina is the signature finish for products bearing the Lydia in St. Petersburg name.
Using traditional screen printing, and exclusively by hand, a wide range of materials such as silks and high-quality paper are coated with metal and subsequently oxidised in several laborious stages. This gives the finished products their unmistakable patina.
New life is breathed into an old-established craft, incorporating innovative design. The main style feature is a vibrant patina. Over time, this produces noticeable changes in the surface of the product, from elegant jade sheens to a broad spectrum of subtle hues.
This results in one-of-a-kind pieces with an exceptional look and feel. The finished textiles, which are fashioned in numerous phases, boast a timeless aesthetic and enduring appeal which makes them suitable for various uses. Originality and style are the hallmarks of the various patterns and colour schemes.
The levels and structures underpinning the design often reveal themselves only on second inspection. Changing your viewpoint or the angle at which light falls can complement this effect.