Friday, October 1, 2010

An Ottoman Empire

Poufs: Footstools, if you didn't know (I didn't). Those below are the creation of Dutch artist/designer/writer Christien Meindertsma.

Also known as the "Urchin Pouf":

Each piece is knitted by hand using natural wool and giant-sized needles. Presumably, the sheep are of the usual dimension.

She also creates rugs using similarly olympic-scaled cables.

The "Aran Rug":

Christien Meindertsma also has a new book. It's called "Pig 05049" and it may just change the way you look at manufactured everything. Juicy tidbits: Did you know that beer is often filtered (to remove cloudiness, a natural occurrence in the processing) with a gelatinous material made from rendered pig fat? Or bread dough is conditioned with a product rendered from porcine hair? The ubiquitous pig also shows up in soap, shampoo, and toothpaste as well as bullets and cement. (Bullets? As if they weren't un-kosher enough.)

See her TED talk on the book here. (Well worth the investment of 8:54 minutes of your time.)

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