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Cool Idea: Renew a Table . . .With Tape

Designer Johan Bruninx showed off his excellent idea for restoring furniture, Paperskin (Plakbanterie), at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show, held during Dutch Design Week 2007.
The artist writes that

The objective was to upgrade the value of old material by using brown eco tape in a crafty way, similar to the art of marqueterie. By creating patterns with the tape one gets an aesthetic quality and a change of identity. We move from functional to ornamental values. From low to high, from packaging to an haute couture skin. Because of the association with marquetry the paper skin becomes like wood… the ultimate disguise!

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Melding form with function, these pieces use tape to diminish or disguise imperfections in the furniture. Johan's creative use of the tape doesn't simply "mend" the ugly feature, it transforms it into something better than what was originally there. I find the use of the patterning on the lamp especially inspired.


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