Côte & Ciel proudly present their limited edition Whorl and Ripple collections designed by Yassin Lahmar this Spring.
Having always been at the vanguard of innovation through challenging the possibilities of bag design and executing the results with a finesse that combines understatement with high-spec functionality. 2015 sees the brand’s first venture into print through a collaborative process with young French artist, Yassin Lahmar; the challenge being to create imagery that subscribes to the purity and minimalism of the existing collection, yet offers a fresh viewpoint on how surface design can complement such a pared-down aesthetic.
The results highlight the design processes that make the label unique.
Just as the bags are created using traditional draftsmanship techniques - often starting from the manipulation of a single piece of fabric to create new functional forms - these prints were initially conceived in an artist’s studio rather than drawn on a computer screen. The subsequent canvases were then adapted to work within the concept of moving water, in keeping with the riverine inspiration behind the range.
The Moselle, a spherical raindrop of a bag, that’s a hybrid of backpack and tote, is instantly transformed by a ‘Whorl’ print created to emulated the uneasy relationship between oil and water, in rich shades of ink and sulphurous yellow, whilst the Meuse, a reinvention of the classic backpack for today, is softened with the addition of a ‘Ripple’ print that replicates the movement of flowing water, exemplified in a palette of midnight black and rich jade.
The collection is available online and in-store now.