Where is Nemo? The biomorphic 'Rings' stool by Claire-anne O'Brien, reminiscent of the great star coral
Claire-anne O’Brien, the young Irish-born London-based designer and last year’s RCA graduate (MA Textiles) has expanded her collection of meticulously-detailed knitted furniture, which, for the second consecutive year, was on show at Designersblock during the London Design Festival. This time, O’Brien drew her inspiration from the beauty and structural complexity of aquatic life, with some of the new designs, such as the above-pictured ‘Rings’ or ‘Cnoic’ bearing a striking resemblance to the intricate structure of a coral. (more…)
'Biknit' chaise longue by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso
It is a collaboration that has been going on for many years between the Spanish born and Milan based designer Patricia Urquiola and the Italian manufacturer Moroso. At this year’s Salone del Mobile they presented their most recent output: ‘Biknit’ is a series of upholstery furniture based on a simple, solid wooden base combined with an oversized knitted covering.
Claire-Anne O'Brien's knitted 'Stools' use scale playfully to create sculptural forms that acknowledge the structure of knitting
Young Irish-born, London-based designer Claire-Anne O’Brien is not the first person to apply knitting to product and furniture design. But what’s particular about her work, shown recently at Designersblock during the London Design Festival, is its compelling formal quality. O’Brien creates pieces that border on highly defined sculpture, but which don’t conceal the stuff of their construction; instead they celebrate, in a humorous play on scale, the very structure of knitting.
Superblue's 'Giant Knitting Nancy' installation/happening in Canary Wharf's Jubilee Park for the London Festival of Architecture
Once the preserve of old ladies on cold nights, knitting has become the basis of a large-scale, outdoor, interactive architectural installation, thanks to London-based design studio Superblue. As part of the London Festival of Architecture, and based on the traditional ‘Knitting Nancy’ toy, ‘Giant Knitting Nancy’ was created by members of the public who were invited to knit it themselves.