Inspiration

A Child’s Drawings Inform Cold Picnic’s Frames Rug Collection

The duo behind Cold Picnic, Peter and Sung Buer, have brought their young daughter’s illustrations into the fold with the introduction of the Frames Collection. The bamboo silk rugs and runners include five playful designs made using slightly iridescent yarn, a color palette with pops of neon, and the intention to embrace the contradictions of self-expression: reserve and spontaneity, delicacy and practicality, self-preservation and recklessness.

Time Frame Rug

Bamboo silk is best known for its soft, luxurious, ethereal feel that comes to resemble crushed velvet as time passes. A delicate yet durable fabric, the yarn’s dimension allows its colors to appear differently, depending on the angle views and which way the pile is facing. Bamboo silk is also very fine, enabling the inclusion of more details and delicate lines in the design, which makes the rugs appear more like drawings through a range of shades, shadows, and highlights.

olive green, cream, and brown abstract rug on white background

Time Frame Rug

“Working in bamboo silk yarn allows us to use darker colors without worrying about heaviness, since the sheen gives such a wide spectrum of light and color,” said Peter. “We deliberately chose colors that interact with light in order to highlight this feature.”

kitchen table and two stools on top of an abstract rectangular rug

Frames Rug

Peter and Sung’s daughter, Freya, inspired the collection with her oil crayon-on-paper drawings. They include frames drawn along notebook edges and even “mommy’s tummy,” created when Sung was pregnant with her second daughter. The childlike motifs and dark colors of the Frames Collection remain true to the young artist’s original sketches and vision.

detail of blue, green, and cream colored rug

Frames Rug

“‘Frames’ literally refers to the pages of frames Freya used to fill her notebook with and in our minds, we were translating them into rugs as soon as we saw them,” said Peter. “It made us so happy to turn her drawings into a realized collection, and felt like her official inclusion into Cold Picnic, which she has been influencing since before she was born.”

kitchen table and two stools on top of an abstract rectangular rug

Frames Rug

Sung added, “For us, the mood of the collection conjures a period of childhood that is so short and filled with tenderness. There’s a sense of nostalgia and wistfulness in the collection, as an attempt to capture something almost impossible like time and self-confidence. But the story here is also about acceptance, evolution, and expression.”

dark green and tan abstract rug on white background

Frames Rug

Cold Picnic uses color as one of the most important elements of their work, selecting hues according to medium. The Frames Collection features dark greens, blues, and black with pops of neon green and yellow set against a golden palette. Each rug is made in India by skilled artisans at a factory that runs exclusively on solar energy. The rugs are available in sizes 2’x3’,2’3”x6’, 5×5, 4’x6’, 6’x9’, and 8’x10′.

kitchen table and two stools on top of an abstract rectangular rug

Frames Rug + Frames Runner Rug

black and white dog laying on a blue, cream, and black rug runner

Frames Runner Rug

blue, cream, and black rug runner in a styled kitchen

Frames Runner Rug

dark blue, black, and tan abstract rug on white background

Frames Runner Rug

dining table and four chairs on top of an abstract rectangular rug

Freya Rug in Black

detail of dining chair on abstract rug

Freya Rug in Black

black and tan abstract rug on white background

Freya Rug in Black

rectangular neon green and tan rug in a styled living space

Freya Rug in Gold

detail of neon green and tan rug corner

Freya Rug in Gold

neon green and tan abstract rug on white background

Freya Rug in Gold

child's drawing in pink and green crayon on white paper

Freya’s Drawing

child's drawing in green crayon on white paper

Freya’s Drawing

child's drawing in red crayon on white paper

Freya’s Drawing

To learn more about the Frames Collection, visit coldpicnic.com.

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Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she’s likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.

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