Lace in Translation explores the intersection of luxurious hand-craftsmanship with modern mass production. Utilizing unexpected materials and technologies, designers Tord Boontje and Demakersvan and sculptor Cal Lane created site-specific installations recasting traditional notions of lace. From a hand-woven raffia curtain and laser-cut fabrics, to a welded filigree oil tank and a lace chain-link fence, Lace in Translation offers a dynamic discourse about what lace is and how it functions.
Matilda McQuaid discusses expanded definitions of lace in contemporary design, while Nancy Packer summarizes the history of the Quaker Lace Company of Philadelphia and the impact of its products and designs on the work created for Lace in Translation. Interviews with the the artists and designers explore the relationship of lace to their creative processes.