Studio Merle Richter
c/o Clara Stil
Am Treptower Park 48
+49 176 5693 7921
Merle Richter is an interdisciplinary designer with a focus on textile surfaces. Her specialities are traditional handcrafts like knitting. As a textile and fashion designer, Merle Richter supported various fashion labels in Berlin and New York.
For her designs, the principal source of inspiration is questioning and reframing rules and turning them upside down to apply them as new ones to her work. In her work, the foundation of any creative process is in-depth research of form, technique, sustainable materials and traditional craftsmanship. The purposeful use of fibres and fabrics according to their characteristics is a major concern of Merle Richter. Her carefully selected materials, her accuracy, her clear forms paired with unexpected refinement in patterns and details form the individual identity of her work.
For several years Merle Richter has been researching the relationship between humans and space. Thereby her focus often lies on self-initiated projects with external positions. What initially sparked this approach was the collaboration with artists Nina Wood that dealer with the appropriation of new perspectives in an ongoing creative ping-pong. Collaborations with the photographer Christoph Schaller, the artist Miles Schuler and the textile designer Nicole Kiersz followed.
Merle Richter's textile expertise increased in the field of interior design when she founded the fashion and interior label Sammlung Walter together with her brother and conversational partner Till Richter. In 2019, Sammlung Walter was invited by the international furniture fair Salone del Mobile in Milan to exhibit as a „newcomer“ at Salone Satellite.
In 2016 Merle Richter taught various courses in textile surfaces and knitting at the University of the Arts in Bremen. Since 2017 she has been part of the Munich creative collective the Stu. This environment has encouraged her to develop knitting workshops which provide especially young adults a contemporary approach to knitting. In summer 2018 Merle Richter was invited as part of Sammlung Walter to design the stage of the independent magazine festival "Indiecon" in Hamburg.