Alexander Marinus (°1992) is a multidisciplinary designer with a strong interest in the relationship between culture, society and nature. He strives to bring them together in his body of work, which encompasses material research, textile design, photography, film and writing.
Marinus graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017 and is currently based in his hometown Brussels.
‘Hey Jute’, by Alexander Marinus showcases the benefits of the raw fibre.
Jute is the second most-cultivated textile fibre in the world. Industrial processing and chemical treatment destroy the natural qualities of this ecological material and it tends to be used in utilitarian cloth like cargo sacking. We do not make use of its full potential. Growing between two to five metres, the strands are incredibly long. And strong. The cushion highlights the length and lustre, while the wall textiles incorporate felted jute – an alternative treatment that keeps the strength and length intact, and for which the designer developed his own tools and working process. When the raw material has so much to offer, it’s time more people wake up to its value.
Jute is the second most-cultivated textile fibre in the world. Yet we do not make use of its full potential, as industrial processing and application destroy its natural qualities.
Alexander Marinus creates interior textiles to showcase the benefits of the raw fibre: length, strength and lustre. When the raw material has so much to offer, it’s time more people wake up to its value.