With the semi-transparent SOLIO curtain fabric, Création Baumann is bundling their entire colour know-how into one base collection. The textured finish of the specially designed Trevira CS yarn is reminiscent of linen and adds naturalness to any room. Whether in offices, hotels, hospitals or residential homes—the flame-retardant curtains captivate with their perfect drape on windows and in the room.
SOLIO complements Création Baumann’s swissness with another quality—colour variety. With its 47 colour schemes, the new collection opens up almost limitless possibilities for the colour-rich creations of architects, interior designers and fitters. This freedom also becomes apparent in the works of the two photo artists, Ladina Bischof and Hartmut Nägele, who were commissioned by Création Baumann not to take classic commercial shoots but to realise their own visions of SOLIO.
Ladina Bischof is a self-employed photographer with a focus on portraits, reportages and architecture. She was born in Arbon, Switzerland, in 1985, and graduated from the higher technical college for photography at St.Gallen’s School of Design in 2016. Her photographic work focuses in particular on retaining atmospheres created by a synergy of space, light and object.
I already had the honour a few years ago to work for Création Baumann. Therefore, I was familiar with the products and the company philosophy and felt from the start that the product and my way of taking pictures would complement each other very nicely.
At the start, I asked myself a few basic questions: What is the role of a curtain and how do feel, transparency and colours influence it? How do outer influences such as light and shadow, wind and the environment act on the fabrics? I then tried to visually and textually bundle the insights I had gained into a concept.
I had a lot of room to manoeuvre when it came to implementation. I literally had a carte blanche, something very rare in commissioned photography. So much creative freedom really is fun!
I started off quite enthusiastically into the project. On the one hand, this continuously gave rise to new ideas and photographs, but I also got bogged down in details a few times. I think that was the biggest challenge for me, personally. If I had exclusively followed my gut feeling, the project would probably still not be finished. There were simply too many exciting possibilities.
“Here comes the sun”—SOLIO by Ladina Bischof
THE FACTORY BUILDING WHERE THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN WAS USED 100 YEARS AGO TO MAKE METAL PRESSED PARTS. THE IDEA IS THAT THE MOVING FABRIC REINSTATES THE FORMER VIBRANCY OF THE ROOM, WHICH TODAY PRESENTS ITSELF SO CONSISTENTLY AND QUIETLY TO ITS VISITORS.
Hartmut Nägele studied communication design and photography at the GH Essen University and at the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 1997 he has worked as a freelance portrait, architecture and industrial photographer for magazines, corporate publications and advertising campaigns. His personal projects are regularly exhibited internationally. Hartmut Nägele and his family live in Dusseldorf, Germany.
More likely, a photographer, because I mostly do commissioned work, even though I often have a lot of artistic freedom.
After engaging intensively with the product to be staged and its message, I sit down and start drawing. These sketches are done without having a particular place in mind. I draw an ideal state, so to speak. This is the image I then have in mind when I try to recreate it as accurately as possible on location.
“Face the curtain”—SOLIO by Hartmut Nägele
THE HAND BEHIND THE FABRIC IS MY OWN. I TOOK THE PICTURE WITH A SELF-TIMER. IN THE PROCESS, I HAD TO BE VERY QUICK TO GET INTO POSITION BEHIND THE CURTAIN AND ENSURE THAT THE FABRIC DIDN’T MOVE TOO MUCH.
Many of these pictures correlate the inside and outside. Fabrics, and curtains even more so, highlight these interfaces, the transition from inside to outside and vice versa.
A product that speaks to you, and a client who trusts you and is eager—there is nothing better for a photographer. The format of the fabrics sometimes posed a challenge. There was the odd length of fabric I had to cut. That much for the ideal picture I have in mind.
“My way”—SOLIO by Hartmut Nägele
THE PINK GHOST IS MY DAUGHTER IN OUR GARDEN. WITH CHILDREN YOU CAN ONLY PHOTOGRAPH WHAT THEY WANT, TOO.
The curtain fabric collection captivates with countless hues. With SOLIO, one white is not the same as another white—numerous fine gradations are available. Neutral colours are accented with mustard yellow, duck egg blue, dark sage, fresh kiwi green, lilac and brick red. This clever breach of colour harmony enables an exciting mix of subdued and vibrant shades. Those who need yet more colours to choose from can make use of customised colours, specially mixed as per client request for lengths of 100m or more.
All SOLIO colours are 100% made in Langenthal. From processing the yarn to the completed fabric—each production step is completed in-house at Création Baumann. SOLIO is sustainably produced according to the OEKO-TEX 100 and ISO 14001 standards.
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