Double launched its Australian-made machine-washable rugs in 2022, courtesy of its namesake patented two-layer technology. Since then, it has been diligently transforming spilt coffee, gumboot footprints and Jackson Pollock-inspired crafternoons into domestic non-issues.

Now, the brand has teamed up with Kuku-Yalanji and Hungarian artist Tiarna Herczeg to create 10 limited-edition designs and colourways for lived-in spaces.

Herczeg’s practice focuses on their connection to land and the Australian landscape, exploring what belonging and home means to them. The collaboration features their signature emphasis on warm tones with grounding ochres, reds and fawns. Designs like Rain is coming! and Playing Together create emphasis with bold accents in cobalt and pink.

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At Double’s end, the spotlight on nature is translated through function. Each piece is designed to brave the elements, and works both indoors and outdoors. A bunch of designs are available in the brand’s textured jute, a durable, natural fibre suited to versatile use.

Broadsheet spoke to Herczeg on their artistic process and how their practice is influenced by spaces, including the home.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I’m inspired by memories, places I have visited and dreamt of. Some of my paintings bring me the feelings I had as a child growing mangoes in Queensland, and others directly reference places I have visited. My cultural and spiritual identity plays a huge part in understanding my work. I am a child of someone who belongs to this land, and the other part of my identity comes from Hungarian immigrants. I don’t live in Cairns and I don’t live in Hungary, and I don’t speak either language fluently. There’s a big theme about belonging and home in my work.

But on a less deep level, it’s the connections we have with one another and the connection I have to the world. Colours, trees moving, buildings; I find compositions in everything. It’s the oneness of it all. I think when you are seeking inspiration, you are a bit lost.

What is your preferred medium to paint with?
Definitely acrylic. I paint quickly – actually I do everything very quickly. So I like the speed that acrylic sets. It gives me less time to umm and ahh, and strengthens the confidence I have when making decisions.

What artists do you reference or find yourself drawn to the most?
I love colour fields and hard-edge abstract painters. I find myself drawn to artists like Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, Sally Gabori, Anselm Kiefer and Ken Done. Although our work is different, I’m often inspired by the thought process of these artists – how they see the world is the part I relate to most, not the decisions they make on a canvas.

What was it like to transfer your work from its usual medium to fit Double’s range?
Amazing! I’ve always wanted to make rugs. I saw a John Olsen show a few years ago and he had a textile on show. That shifted things for me. I was only 18 years old and I didn’t know painting was even a possible career for me – in fact I was studying law at the time – but seeing Olsen’s work translate to something more tangible always inspired me.

I think what interests me is the sensory experience people can have. Being an abstract artist, people are always wondering what my works mean. If I can allow people to experience my work in a new way, that’s a win. I’d like to drag my practice across to more mediums, creating a more diverse way to invite the audience into my brain.

How do your surroundings impact your work and life?
Hugely. For work I like an empty space. Which is partially why I’m so excited to move into my own studio. I’ve outgrown the space I’m currently in, so it’s terribly messy. I’ve been grossly underprepared for how quickly my career would take off, and as a result everything that I have now is worn, torn and dirty. An empty space allows me to see possibilities in a clearer way.

I live in Sydney, so I’m quite squashed in my two-bedroom apartment, and it doesn’t help that I love collecting things. My home is full of books, artworks and knick-knacks. Home is a place for me to unwind but also to express myself. I want people to step into my home and understand a part of me. Often friends will come over and spend time flicking through my zines or literally playing with the little gashapons [capsule toys] my partner and I collect.

In a dream world, I’d love to live on a property in the bush where I can build a home and have a studio attached.

What does home mean to you?
Home means many things to me. I’ve moved around a lot in my life between western Sydney, Rockhampton and the Blue Mountains. So home feels like many places, but ultimately it’s wherever my family is.

What elements are always important to have in your space to make it feel like home?
The things that make me feel relaxed. Candles, plants, books – not the self-help type; fun books with pictures and poetry. And I can’t live in a space without art on the walls.

Tiarna Herczeg’s collaboration with Double is available now.

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