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Designer Élise Fouin Channels the Windmill with Her Installation Fleurs du Vent for Sunbrella

Sunbrella’s high-performance outdoor fabric can do almost anything: repel water, resist fading, look chic. But is it art? It certainly was in the hands of French designer Élise Fouin, who channeled the windmill for Fleurs du Vent, her installation with the manufacturer at Salone del Mobile in Milan. Nodding to sustainability, to which Sunbrella is committed, and nature’s subtle beauty, Fouin stretched twisted strips of the brand’s pastel textiles over wire structures with diameters as large as 4 feet and hung the resulting pinwheels from the ceiling and walls. Some forms were fixed; others were attached to motors that made them spin.

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