The designer, artist and former creative collaborator of Dries Van Noten, Christoph Hefti, is exhibiting new textile works at The Little House, an exhibition space at Dries Van Noten, LA, the designer’s first American location.

Dries Van Noten celebrated the opening of its first American home on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles in October 2020. This flagship store is about so much more than the habitual retail experience. With an open layout of 8500 square feet, the shop in LA comprises two houses separated by a vast parking lot: The Big House and the Little House. The Big House presents Dries Van Noten’s current collections and a curated selection of garments from his archives available for purchase. Each house will also exhibit works by artists, designers and craftspeople whose work has impressed Dries Van Noten.

Following the opening exhibition at The Little House, featuring ceramics by Ann Demeulemeester / Serax, the Swiss textile designer and artist Christoph Hefti (born 1967, Zurich) exhibited his work. Hefti will presented an installation featuring three of his hand-knotted relief carpets made of Nepalese wool and silk, as well as three new interior designs, in the form of a curtain and poufs in two different fabrics.
In recent years, Christoph Hefti has become a specialist in printed fabrics and carpets. His work is always experimental, spontaneous and color ful, and independent of any context in terms of time and trends. Hefti is fascinated by cultures, folklore and mystical stories. His love for crafted textiles has taken him to Nepal, where he designs and develops his own series of hand-knotted rugs.

During his visits to Nepal, he rediscovered the direct interaction between the designer and the craftsman and became fascinated by the use of traditional crafts in a contemporary context. He approaches the mystical and even spiritual tradition of storytelling textiles through his very personal, yet worldly themes.Following his study of textile design in Zurich, and fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, Hefti spent 13 years as a creative assistant to Dries Van Noten at his Antwerp atelier, where he was responsible for creating prints iconic to the designer. His role included research, design and development.

After leaving Antwerp behind, Hefti started working on a freelance basis for various fashion houses, including Lanvin and Balenciaga in Paris, and Acne Studios in Stockholm. He currently designs fabrics for Mugler in Paris.

Christoph Hefti is represented by the Brussels gallery Maniera, which specializes in limited edition interior objects designed by artists and architects.

Original photos: Andrew Lee