AKI, a limited edition paravent that, as an autonomous object, frames art in a functional way. The elegant room divider was designed with respect for traditional craftsmanship and the choice of pure materials in mind. The fabric for the AKI paravent is available in 2 variants. An abstract ton-sur-ton version called Ton and Akua: a derivative of an original watercolour painted by Van der Massen.
The frame is the result of a thorough investigation into ratio and human size. The designers chose to play with asymmetrical panels that are in relation to the user and space. The object can be placed as a partition in a room, or as an autonomous work of art.
AKI is a unique object that combines intuitive design, an eye for detail and craftsmanship. Each piece is handmade in Belgium. The frame in walnut is finished with fine details in brass. The wooden frames are assembled by experienced craftsmen using a manual process using loose wooden fins for the rounded corners.
The development of the fabric for the paravent follows a study commissioned by the Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi) into light and the technical possibilities of weaving. Van der Massen continued to work on the results of this study for the development of the textiles.
The woven fabric has a complex structure consisting of several wafer-thin layers of linen, silk and rubber. The open bindings of the fabric keep it transparent and light, and create a subtle play of colours.
The room divider comes in a limited edition. Each piece is numbered and made with different textile designs. The fabrics were also selected by the Textielmuseum Tilburg for their permanent archive. For people who want customisation, a tailor-made piece can be made where you can choose the wood type as well as the base materials and color of the fabric.