November 15, 2019

This is Benjamin Benmoyal : A Collection of hand-woven fabrics made of recycled cassette tapes.

“It was better tomorrow“ is a collection made from discarded video and cassette tapes hand woven, along with recycled yarns and Tencel – a sustainable fiber made from wood pulp – on a loom to create the colorful and shimmering textile.

Benjamin, a French Israeli, served in the military, said he felt depressed about our world, so when he started his course at CSM, and based his work not on the army but rather on how to feel better and heel. He became interested in recreating a vision of the future based on the projected image of the life people led during the late 1960s and 70s, using the designs, architecture and films of that era.

What Inspired Him?

He based the collection’s color palette on the vibrant works of artists such as James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson, as well as the bright colors he saw when traveling across Iceland.

He also took design cues from brutalist architecture located across his hometown of Paris to achieve a “utopian and optimistic visual concept”, including Les Espaces d’Abraxas, Picasso’s Arenas, the Cretan Cabbage buildings and the Organs of Flanders.

This informed the structural shapes that each of the garments takes, including wide, flared trousers, protruding collars in geometric shapes, and boxy shoulder-pads.


All Images from Benjamin Benmoyal

View his incredible and mesmerizing weaving process