Tuesday, February 9, 2010

WISH LIST: Underfull tablecloth by Kristine Bjaadal

[image from Kristine Bjaadal]

I enjoy minimalist designs enough but my aesthetic usually leans more towards slightly left of center as opposed to stark simplicity. That somewhat explains why I'm so taken by the Underfull tablecloth by Kristine Bjaadal, a 29-year-old designer from Oslo, Norway.

The cloth, with its white floral damask pattern, appears to be nothing beyond the ordinary, but when deep-staining liquids like red wine (or even coffee) is spilled on it a whimsical butterfly motif reveals itself.
I'm fascinated by the science behind the fabric that allows for this chemical process to occur (Bjaadal is still mum about that). Nonetheless, she explains that with every "accidental spill" a story is formed which instills sentimental value in this tablecloth, an otherwise inane everyday design object. But while I appreciate the visual and conceptual approach, I have to wonder about the issue of hygiene, as many who have previewed the cloth have done also; what happens to the beautiful layers of "stories" and "sentimentality" when the Underfull needs to be washed?

I guess I'll just have to see when it's finally out of its prototype stage. Check out Bjaadal's page for a quick video demo.

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