Unmade

Moniker

Invite consumers to create a free-range merino wool scarf, by playfully disrupting a traditional houndstooth pattern

Client profile

Moniker: Amsterdam-based interactive design studio, which works on commissioned and experimental projects. Founders Luna Maurer, Roel Wouters and Jonathan Puckey.  Recent projects include Dance Tonite, a WebVR experiment that gives fans a role in the video for the LCD Soundsystem track Tonite, via a single url.

Challenge

Moniker’s experimental, public-facing projects explore the social effects of technology. Their work has a responsive quality that never fails to inspire and amuse. Could they apply this thinking to an item that would engage the consumer throughout the creation process?

Solution

Using Unmade customisation editor software , the Pied de Poule Fermier scarf invites you to deconstruct a well-recognised motif and abstract it. All within physical parameters. Moniker took the French name for houndstooth - pied de poule or ‘chicken’s feet’ - and added fermier to make those feet free-range. Think of a chicken that can roam, just like the checks on the scarf.

It’s instantaneous. You can see how you’ve affected the pattern and what your interaction was. Even moving a tiny bit makes a big difference. I’ve made a few scarves for different people and I know that not a single one is the same, even when I try and repeat it,’
Kirsty Emery, Unmade co-founder
People can be involved in an element of the creative process, in a way that achieves different results every time but isn’t random. It’s designed; if it’s random, people don’t feel the connection.
Ben Alun-Jones, Unmade co-founder

Free the pattern

The traditional houndstooth pattern is a classic example of tessellation: four dark bands of thread alternate with four light bands. Legendary fashion designer Christian Dior embraced this uniformity. It was integral to the bottle design for his first fragrance, Miss Dior in 1947 and became a signature pattern of Dior women’s tailoring.

But as Wouters and Maurer explain: ‘Houndstooth is normally locked up in its grid, in a specific order. We wanted to free this pattern, unlock the grid and make new formations.’