Tanja Drinhausen

Germany (DE, EN, FR)

For almost 30 years I have been working as a product designer with a focus on textiles, with my own design studio and showroom in Cologne. I regularly visit international design fairs, especially for home textiles and furniture, and know many companies and products in the industry. During my studies I learnt textile production techniques of woven and printed fabrics for the industry and the realisation of my own designs for pattern & repeat creation up to the finished product and collection development. I currently advise interior designers or end customers as an interior stylist and plan and produce textile furnishings. I have also worked as a set designer for television studios for many years. I am interested in all textile handicraft techniques from dyeing, weaving and printing to embroidery, knitting, knotting, braiding, sewing and many other things that I may not yet know. I am looking forward to exploring and experimenting with the Design UP craftspeople. My vision is to develop new textile "room clothes", objects, structures, materials or product ideas with all imaginable raw materials, yarns, residual materials. The new upcycled textiles could be products such as unique decorative and upholstery fabrics for curtains, blankets and furniture, but also floor mats & carpets, wall hangings, scarves, bags & baskets, screens & room dividers, wallpapers, home accessories and more! Textile materials, especially traditional manufacturing and processing techniques, colours and patterns have accompanied people throughout their lives and since the beginning of human history, telling stories, preserving memories and traditions.

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From the Design Up community

„Upcycling is an important pillar in establishing a circular economy. In the Global South in particular, it contributes to the preservation of traditional handicrafts, to an increase in the quality of life and creates prospects for young people.“

Selly Wane, project manager

About Design Up

With the upcycling project Design Up, we bring together creators from Germany and Senegal who develop and design collections in tandem.