Brise Soleil [breez so-lay]
– from French, meaning ‘to break the sun’.
In the early 20th century, a ‘tropicalization’ of Modernist architecture started appearing in the work of architect le Corbusier, as he travelled between Brazil, India and West Africa. He started incorporating perforated architectural screens – also known as brise soleil – traditionally used in tropical climates to create privacy, security, air movement and sun control.
By the time of the mid-century housing boom, the brise soleil had become a defining stylistic feature of large-scale Modernist edifaces, as well as of suburban homes in the California Modern style.
On her travels in Tokyo, in Jaipur, in Los Angeles, and all over South Africa too, Skinny laMinx designer Heather Moore has always noticed & photographed the patterns of brise soleil structures, resulting in the BRISE SOLEIL textile collection in 2016.
Now, in collaboration with VISI magazine, the BREEZE design from this textile collection has been re-released as a knitted throw in a limited edition of just 25.
We hope that your BREEZE knitted throw brings a feeling of Modernist clarity, along with the soft beauty of dappled light and shadow cast, as well as a much-needed sense of mid-century optimism.
Made in South Africa. 100% cotton knit. Cold hand wash with mild detergent, and sun dry.
ABOUT SKINNY LAMINX
The Cape Town-based textile design studio, founded by Heather Moore, maintains a strong focus on pattern. Heather describes the brand as a “feeling of Scandinavian simplicity, pared-down Japanese restraint, and South African exuberance all rolled into one fresh and distinctive style.”