In the new fabric collection Wiener Sehnsucht by Backhausen, Sehnsucht (longing) attempts to bring wisfulness and yearning into the present through mysteriously enigmatic designs from the Wiener Werkstätte. Familiar patterns are given new interpretations, while even greater attention is paid to modern resources in the manufacturing process and the materials are made from natural fibres reliant on sustainability.
Fin de siècle creations by renowned designers such as Josef Hoffmann, Josef Hackhofer, Ernst Lichtblau and Otto Prutscher reappear from the Backhausen archive and effortlessly find their way into the here and now via imaginative reinterpretations. The paths are winding, but all lead to the contemporary.
Stories with different branches and destinies are interwoven labyrith-style via manifold forks in the tracks as if from a rebus or puzzle of materials.
This interplay of the mythical and mystical advances to distant stars like Aristide and Leone, or the protagonists of an ancient Greek myth.
In Wiener Sehnsucht, life paths (Lebenswege) are crossed by autumn leaves (Herbstblatt), and lanterns (Windlichter) face us along the Viennese Path (Wienersteig), lined by glances from peacock eyes (Pfauenaugen). Wish towers (Wunschtürme) guide us in zigzags (Zick Zack) through our dreams and a small jagged crown (Zackenkrone) has strayed into the present in a neat cassette (Kassette), a windmill (Windrad) lines the jagged stripe (Zackenstreif).
Once again, Backhausen convinces with refinement and immerses the symbolism of past designs into the depths of new colours. A playful escape from reality between dreams and fantasy. Historic motifs are still warm when they adorn the fabrics of this new collection, captured in modern images, creating a yearning gesture looking to the future.
Optical details dominate with motif repetitions that inspire multiple interpretations, just as they rest, as it were, in their self-referentiality. The Viennese Modern, in which a new romanticism once again invites us to linger in a parallel, somewhat magical world to the present.
Wonderful stories can be told in red, blue, yellow-orange, green and also black and white through the fabrics of the Wiener Sehnsucht series by Backhausen. A future in multiple colour variations is projected when the hope-giving Sehnsucht (longing) is allowed to determine images and patterns.