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ShelterPop Story on Craft-Inspired Furniture Design

A Stitch in Time: Where Craft Meets Furniture

I'm excited to present a story from one of my favorite sites, ShelterPop!

Don't cross out cross stitch — it's here to stay.

Back in April, we gushed over a pair of cross-stitched chairs by Johan Lindsten (below). This was just the beginning of a new trend that's slowly emerging: handmade-meets-modern or, in this case, cross stitch meets modern.

Cross stitch is a craft that's about 600 to 700 years old and uses an X-shaped stitch on cloth to create designs that can be made into artwork, pillows or accents on clothing or curtains. Now we're seeing this embroidered embellishment on chairs, tables and even bowls!

Continue reading about this furniture trend . . .

Many of these new pieces (unlike the chairs pictured above) feature less traditional embroidery themes. In fact, many of them don't feature realistic scenes at all. For example, U.K. designer Imogen Luddy was inspired by 16th-century Italian lace for her stainless steel cross-stitch table. It has no thread, just laser-cut cross-shaped holes where thread would have been. Even though it resembles antique lace, it doesn't feel traditional or handmade at all.


Stepping away from the piece, the table gives the illusion that there is a lacy cloth laid atop the surface, but upon closer inspection, it's made of hard steel. The juxtaposition between steel and lace is parallel to industrial and handmade.

Irish design studio Superfolk takes a cheeky approach to cross stitch by using it as a means of joining their stools together to form bench seating. In this case, the act of stitching is more functional than it is aesthetic. You can stitch together as many as you want, stretching the bench out to fit your family's needs. The idea of creating your own custom piece using materials supplied by designers is a theme that continues below.

Want to see even more images of craft-meets-furniture designs? Finish reading this story on ShelterPop!


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