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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!

To see another picture of this cool project, just

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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tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Very unusual!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
who would have thought?!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
This reminds me of a craft project I did when I was very young. We all made vases for our mothers by putting small pieces of masking tape over a class bottle. Then we stained it with some sort of brown liquid that kept it all in place. My mama still has that vase! I wonder if this is like a super updated, much improved version of that. It sounds & looks interesting.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
They are really pretty!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Though I wonder what it's like to drag a glass across the top. Would it get stuck? What kind of coating is over the tape?
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Pretty neat.
bellaraquela bellaraquela 9 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
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