Cole gained a masters degree in visual and interdisciplinary art in 2006. In 2012 he and Jane Briggs founded the Briggs&Cole studio in Glasgow. Their designs are characterized by handcraft techniques and the relationship between 2-D and 3-D imagery, as for example in collages, symbols and surfaces.
"New materials and our love of experimentation are the source of our creativity – although we never lose sight of the context in which we are working", says Christy Cole. The designer believes that floor coverings must have a warm feeling in terms of touch, properties and visual impact.
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"Merzing" – rethinking contemporary and site-specific spaces – a statement:
"What drives our work is the continuous reformulation of ideas about contemporary and site-specific spaces. We were inspired by Kurt Schwitters 'Merzbau' (1927-37), which he created in the studio of his family home in Hannover. As designers who work with collage, we have taken up the term 'Merz' invented by Schwitters, and applied both the location and the way of seeing inherent in the concept to the site-specific floor plan for DOMOTEX in Hannover.
The spatial dimension of our installation is not defined by walls. Instead we place the visitor in a context of individual spatial coordinates that radiate from an imaginary center. The collage of images and the diagonal movement on the floor are based on descriptions of the objects that covered the invisible floors and surfaces of Schwitters' 'Merzbau'.
What interests us is how material is defined, and how new values are attributed to it as time goes by. Our main interest lies in reproducing the development of the 'Merzbau' as the 'gradual opening-up of a space', out of which, inside a family home, zones for 'living' and zones for 'art' can unfold."