Berry Pi is my cover for the Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair. The cover is named after the pi in the circle, because it uncovers the hidden semi-circle that forms the top of the Egg Chair. The color of Berry Pi and the underlying rug are specifically chosen to go together because this rug and chair live in the same room. Each piece can be made indivicually, though.
This Berry Zip rug is made out of 9 panels, 3 each in the same colorway. The panels are connected by zippers and can be rearranged. This allows for 1680 different color variations. The individual panels can be detached to create a smaller rug, or new panels can be added to enlarge it. The bubbles are soft and cushioned. It is a great rug for meditation or to massage your feet when sitting on a chair or sofa.
I made this chair cover for Aaron Thomas' Monroe Chair for the New York showroom DESIGNLUSH. I was especially excited about working on a chair that is completely transparent. The juxtaposition of the sleek, invisible chair with the hand-made pillows creates tension. Each piece enhances the other. It was part of What's New What's Next at the New York Design Center and caught the eye of Pam Jaccarino, Editor in Chief of Luxe Magazine. A very successful beginning for a great collaboration...
This Arne Jacobsen Swan Chair needed a party dress: voila! Berry a la candy popcorn... :-)
The yarn for this chair was hand-painted by a team of fiber artists in Canada. Each chair has its own unique color way. Color combinations are chosen individually for each project to match the room the piece will inhabit. The quality of the yarn and the beauty of the hand-painting are then abstracted by felting the cover. The combination results in something truly spectacular!
This Le Corbusier chaise was a wedding present. Over time it lost most of its cowhide luster, so it desperately needed help. Knitting to the rescue!. The challenge here was to capture the vivacity of the owner's artwork. Susie Reiss, a painter who lives and works in Harlem, had painted a painting with bright, multicolored flowers. to pick up on the vibrant feeling of her work but not to compete with the painting, I chose a brown base that still references the colors behind it. A blue head pillow allows for a bright dash of color of its own.
The knitted piece is crocheted onto imported Italian Leather to make the bottom more durable (and protect the back from feeling the plastic straps on the metal frame).
The challenge with this Risom Lounge Chair was that it stands in a home office next to a couch that has a cover with pink and yellow flowers on it. The chair belongs to Julie Lasky and her husband Ernest Beck, both New York writers. The office, the chair currently resides in Ernest's office. We tried to find a color-way that would fit to the couch but also align with his masculine sensibilities. We settled on a hand-painted mohair with a gray base that has traces of pink and yellow but also bolder colors. A border in bright red and black adds some drama. The "shaggyness" of the yarn brings this 40s icon into the seventies :-)
Stephanie Dubsky, a product designer from New York, approached me about one of her favorite chairs, the Swan Design by Arne Jacobsen. Her daughters had drawn on it, and it had lost some color due to age. She wanted to cover it with something that would not distract from the shape of the chair, but rather enhance it, and perhaps turn it into something new. To make the cover durable, I suggested felting it. I measured the chair and created a gigantic pattern. Through felting, it shrunk to size...