Free to disregard design movements and related principles and rules, the featured artists were invited to freely and seamlessly translate their work and artistic ethos into the media at hand, exploring shape, volume, and finishing, where practicality was secondary to concept. This creative brief allows all artists to embrace the outcome as part of their body of work.

Since the launch of 'Henzel Studio Collaborations' at Barneys New York Madison Avenue in 2014 during Frieze Art Fair, Henzel Studio has developed art rugs with over thirty contemporary artists including Richard Prince, Helmut Lang, Jack Pierson, Nan Goldin, Scott Campbell, Richard Phillips, Marilyn Minter, Mickalene Thomas and Anselm Reyle. Via 'Henzel Studio Heritage' extensive collections have also been developed in collaboration with artist estates, that to date include Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Tom of Finland Foundation.

“Art rugs have been around for quite some time in various forms, and some of the most prominent artists including Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso have all turned to the media at some point in their oeuvre. However, rather than look back, we’re looking to encapsulate facets of contemporary art and work with a curated group of artists that simultaneously express their ethos within a broad yet defined scope. Having more than fifteen leading contemporary artists collaborate in this capacity makes Henzel Studio Collaborations an unprecedented program, even though the artisan practices remind us that the possibility has always been there.”
Joakim Andreasson, curator for Henzel Studio

All rugs are designed in collaboration with Calle Henzel.

Solo exhibitions of the 'Henzel Studio Collaborations’ program have been mounted at venues that include Barneys Madison Avenue (New York), Colette Gallery (Paris), The New (Los Angeles), Joyce (Hong Kong) and Goss-Michael Foundation (Dallas). Our rugs have been included in museum exhibitions at MOCA (Cleveland) and Katonah Museum of Art (New York) and Boca Raton Museum of Art (Florida).

Artists (A-Z list)

View collection: Henzel Studio Collaborations
View collection: Henzel Studio x Andy Warhol
View collection: Henzel Studio x Tom of Finland

Image: Portrait of Anselm Reyle by Hedi Slimane