Turkish Designer Creates Knitted Furniture That's Easy to Move
It's a global design world: Turkish designer Beril Cicek went to Iceland and became fascinated by those big bulky Icelandic sweaters. In response, she created this set of moveable furniture and showed it at the Stockholm Furniture Fair to great acclaim.
You could call it fashion plus furniture. It's quirky, not for everyone's apartment, but definitely worth a look.
Calling the furniture ULL, the pieces are designed to be portable. Beril Cicek was inspired by the famous woolly sweaters (think of the British Faroe Isle sweater worn in the Killing) when she created this collection.
ULL is a series of mobile cabinets, that work on one level as furniture and another as luggage. The pieces start with a light wooden frame which she builds and are then covered by a knitted slip-cover that does look vaguely reminiscent of a sweater. Note the stripey details.
They are all made of wood, a medium she prefers. Cicek is obviously a good knitter and delicate colourist. The details are fun and off-beat such as the large wooden buttons that she has added.
They are storage units, designed to be easily portable. Each has a wooden handle on top for convenience, and effect. The legs twist off and fit into small pockets which have been knit into the outside, as part of the design. So they are easily collapsible, almost like a suitcase.
The beauty lies in the details. For example the clothes cabinet has lovely big buttons used to open and close it. The shoe cabinet has a rope, which is a hint of shoe laces. The legs twist off and fit into small pockets which have been knit into the outside, as part of the design. So they are easily collapsible, almost like a suitcase.
She says that their creation "is about providing a sense of ease for one to transfer their home into different places."
She describes her work in her bio:
"A young designer who builds most of her design ideas around textures, forms and harmony that exits within the generous nature. Her focal point is, all sorts of handmade products with naturally chosen materials combined with innovative and creative form. Especially wood occupies a very personal space in her world. She approaches her craft as an art form, which will make her ideas last longer."