In German, “leise” means silent. Inspired by the warmth and quiet that tapestries have given to interior spaces for centuries, Salem van der Swaagh created a wall hanging for Tacchini that fuses tactile and visual sensations in a textile work that invites slow, silent exploration. Leise takes shape from a meticulous manual knotting technique that defines its volume and texture – from the rich white tones to the ends that seem almost immersed in gold – in a tonal and material transformation that creates a rich and harmonious contrast. An invitation to slow and silent exploration to grasp the poetics of tactile sensations in a continuous balance between wild and tamed, raw and worked.

Designer: Salem van der SwaaghYear: 2024

Cod. LES01
W 100 D 13 H 143 cm


Salem van der Swaagh

Salem van der Swaagh is a material and color expert, currently based in New York, New York. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 with a degree in textile design, Salem went on to obtain a second degree in sustainable product design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands. From there she has worked for the last decade as an expert textile designer and color specialist for a wide variety of European clients and design studios, including the JongeriusLab, Vitra, and Kvadrat. Her focus has been on woven developments as well as coloring for an expansive range of interior materials. Previously based in Berlin, Germany, she has worked in the field of ecological textile design and coloring for both product and interior, including establishing her own brand of sustainably woven interior products in 2015. Her textile designs focus on bringing a rich textural experience into the interior environment. They are a celebration of wool in all of its varied forms.