How Crochet and Knitting have influenced the world of Decor

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I have many passions in life.  But Décor, knitting and crochet definitely tops my list as all time favourites.  It’s truly amazing to see how the art of crochet and knitting has influenced the world of décor. From state of the art furniture, to truly unique accessories and artwork, have all been influenced by crochet and knitting.

Knitted furniture covers, sofa and chair cushions, ottomans and decorative accessories like plant pot covers, wall clocks, throws, floor rugs and pillows are modern interior design trends that add soft texture, unique patterns and cosy accents to stylish home decorating.

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I hope that by sharing some of these awesome designs and creations you are inspired to look at crochet and knitting in a new light.

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Joana Vasconcelosa Portuguese artist has been wrapping various animals—wasps, lizards, snakes, crabs, lobsters, frogs, bull-heads, donkey heads, horse heads, wolves and even cats—in five-needle lace, handmade cotton crochet. But these aren’t any old animals. Vasconcelos has appropriated the ceramic artwork of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 19th century.

Each of the pieces “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work,” says Vasconcelos. At once both beautiful and strange, the work stands as a testament to the extraordinary craftsmanship of the artist but also as a one-upmanship of maternal femininity and domesticity. The use of crochet to mummify the ceramic animals “opens up a vast and rich field of interpretation” that challenges our preconceptions of femininity, as well as our notions of tradition and modernity. 

The Cabaret Collection designed by Kenneth Cobonpue is inspired by the simplicity and subtle beauty in the art of knitting. Weaving fabric-wrapped foam on a steel frame conveys the next generation of the evolving outdoor luxury

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Contemporary floor lamps from Up Lamp collection created by Mario Masser can be utilised for outdoor living spaces and interior decorating. Created of white plastic modern floor lamps function colourful knitted lamp shades.

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The Aran Rug by Christien Meindertsma, is a beautiful floor decor item that adds soft texture and light neutral colour to modern interior design. Handmade floor rug is created with extra chunky yarn and huge needles.  Christien Meindertsma was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands.   She attended Design Academy Eindhoven and graduated in 2003.  She lives and works in Rotterdam.

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Melanie Porter is a talented and innovative designer. She creates amazing furniture and decor items, handmade chair covers in a highly-textured hand knitted  designs and cute crocheted buttons, adding unique elements to warm and modern interior design.

  Melanie Porter knitted chairs have been featured in The Telegraph, Homes and Gardens, Elle decoration and The Sunday Times

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Claire-Anne O’ Brien lives and works in London producing textiles for furniture, space and product. Her fabulously decorative pillows, knitted fabrics and stool cushions turn simple furniture items into impressive contemporary artworks, bringing stylish colours, expressive knitting patterns and unique textures of soft wool into modern interior design.

Her striking and elegant stools with knitted cushions are made using details and construction techniques traditionally associated with knitwear garments such as ribs, cuffs, button holes, cut and sew to create jumpers for modern chairs and stools.

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Our very own fellow blogger Elsbeth Eksteen has an awesome range of crochet and knitted décor accessories that she showcases at various Décor shows during the year.  Her work is always inspiring and what makes if so special is that its local and available to order.

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Enjoy your week and may it be inspiring in so many ways!

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