Crush on you
Those who like their interiors pristine and orderly may not be enthusiastic about a current trend: overly crumpled fabrics.
These fabrics, which at their most dramatic resemble the fur of a Shar Pei dog, are increasingly being seen at design fairs and in high-end stores. And they're not just being used on soft furniture; hard tabletop accessories are being given the same treatment.
Massimiliano Adami created the aptly named Sharpei chair for Italian furniture house Cappellini (www.cappellini.it). The chair, which retails for about US$4,500, is essentially a beechwood frame covered in heavily crumpled cotton.
Designer brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana have fashioned a piece for Italian design house Edra (www.edra.com) that uses voluminous drapings of leather or eco-fur over a steel tube frame. The Grinza was unveiled in March in Milan, Italy. Also, the Campanas used velvet, one of their preferred fabrics, to make the 120 metres of tubing that goes into their voluptuous Boa sofa (price available on request).
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's Cloud couch, which he made for Italian firm Moroso, is essentially reams of crumpled white paper stuck together. While that remains a prototype, in production is Yoshioka's Bouquet swivel armchair, also created for Moroso, which consists of small pieces of coloured fabric crumpled and sewn together like a bed of rose petals (US$9,888 through online retailer Unica Home; unicahome.com).
The motif is showing up elsewhere: the Bin Bin, designed by John Brauer for Danish brand Essey (essey.com; represented in Hong
Kong by Oplus; oplus.com.hk), is a hard, polyethylene wastepaper basket that looks as though it's made of the crushed paper it is supposed to hold. Embracing the same line of thinking is London designer Alon Meron (alonmeron. com), whose Snow White chair was 'inspired' by written-off sports cars. Meron has taken crumpled metal, painted so it has the semi-sheen of a car exterior, and affixed it onto a standard armless chair frame.
From Alessi (alessi.com) comes a new line of tabletop accessories designed by Spaniard Lluis Clotet, which includes trays, trivets and baskets all rendered in the rumpled/crumpled style. The two latest additions are a salad serving bowl (Enriqueta) and a centrepiece (Sumpta), both of which cost US$220.