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Fabric-Formed Dishes

The Aurelie Bowl Embodies an Unusual Materiality for a Table Topper Vessel

— October 25, 2013 — Art & Design
Immediately, you can rule out some things that you cannot do with the Aurelie Bowl. These certainly include holding food that isn't hard and dry and supporting cut flowers. What you can do with it, however, might be far more interesting. It won't scratch, it warps to accommodate and it has a soft and touchable texture that you never get with common crockery.

This is one of many unique pieces designed by Aurelie Tu that employs textiles rather than clay to form vessels. This Aurelie Bowl is made from a felt of 10% polyester and 90% wool that's been woven together by hand in strips in Portland, Oregon. It would be brilliant as a fruit bowl or as a clutter catch-all at the front door.


More Info: Crafted Systems by Aurelie Tu
Trend Themes
1. Textile-formed Vessels - The use of textiles as a medium for creating tableware presents an opportunity for designers to explore new textures, shapes, and design possibilities.
2. Soft-touch Tableware - Tableware made from soft materials challenges the traditional perception of tableware as hard and durable and opens up new opportunities for creating unique dining experiences.
3. Warpable Tableware - Tableware that can warp to accommodate different types of food and objects presents an opportunity for creating versatile and adaptable products.
Industry Implications
1. Home Decor and Kitchenware - The trend towards soft and textile-formed tableware presents a disruptive innovation opportunity for the home decor and kitchenware industry to explore new materials and design.
2. Textile Manufacturing - As more designers explore the use of textiles in tableware, the textile manufacturing industry may see increased demand for specialty fabrics and materials.
3. Handmade and Artisanal Products - The use of handwoven textiles in tableware presents an opportunity for artisans and craftsmen to showcase their skills and create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
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