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Rad Rope-Woven Furnishings

The Jangada Collection Features Sea-Inspired String-Looped Surfaces

— April 9, 2013 — Art & Design
Metal-framed furniture has never looked so playful as in the Oferenda Jangada Collection. This series of whimsical objects includes a stool, a rocking chair, a wall panel and a flower vase. The structures of the first three have been assembled securely from perforated aluminum components, allowing the pieces to maintain a rigidity beneath their lighthearted surfaces.

Designer Nicole Tomazi created wavelike patterns in the seats by threading bright blue nautical rope through the holes in the metal. This was done carefully and repetitively in crochet-style V-shaped stitches, coating the hard aluminum sheets with a softness for a more comfortable experience.

More haphazardly was the wall panel weaved, creating loops and knots for the stashing of miscellaneous implements. The Jangada Collection stem holder is comparatively structure-less, slumping to one side beneath the weight of its bouquet.
Trend Themes
1. Whimsical Furniture Designs - Businesses can tap into the trend of playful furniture designs that incorporate unconventional materials and textures to appeal to younger consumers.
2. Crochet-inspired Patterns - Opportunities exist for companies to innovate by incorporating crochet-style patterns, like those used in the Jangada collection, into products in the fashion, home decor and even automotive industries.
3. Combining Rigidity and Softness - Manufacturers can create products that combine stiff or hard materials with softer, more comfortable materials, like rope, to create interesting textures and experiences.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture - Furniture manufacturers can innovate by incorporating unconventional materials and textures to create playful designs that appeal to younger consumers.
2. Fashion - Fashion designers can incorporate crochet-inspired patterns, like those used in the Jangada collection, into clothing and accessories to create unique looks.
3. Home Decor - Home decor companies can create products that combine rigid materials with softer, more comfortable materials to create interesting textures and experiences in products like bedding, curtains, and decorative pillows.
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