December 14, 2010, 2:47 pm

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Underfull tablecloth by Kristine Bjaadal. CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE

At first glance the tablecloth appears to be traditional white floral damask, but it contains the most wonderful secret; a hidden pattern that first shows when wet. Sooner or later someone is bound to spill, but where this person usually feels clumsy and embarrassed, he will now feel fortunate. An everyday negative situation is turned into a positive experience.

Some stains, like red wine, are hard to clean and might leave vague colour traces after washing. But since these traces will be formed as figures, the tablecloth will not look stained. The figures will form a pale, shadowy pattern that will grow as the tablecloth is being used and spilled on over time.

The concept allows a great collection of patterns. Different patterns will tell different stories. In the prototype, butterflies spread out over the woven floral pattern – creating a layered image. The butterfly pattern resembles the tablecloth itself; butterflies always come as a surprise, they are soundless and suddenly come into view, as if out of out of thin air. They go through a tremendous metamorphosis; starting out as rather dull caterpillars, changing into beautiful, colourful, playful butterflies. A butterfly seems to be free and happy, but at the same time fragile and transient – just like the pattern of the tablecloth.

ESIGNER: Kristine Bjaadal Design Studio, Oslo, Norway, www.kristinebjaadal.no.
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‘Underfull’ tablecloth by furniture and product designer Kristine Bjaadal

The tablecloth that turns spilling into poetry.

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