Digital craft: Hand-woven prints on modern furniture

02 : 06 : 2014 New York Design Week : Kelly Behun Studio : Plastic Laminate

New York – At New York Design Week, Kelly Behun Studio presented Neo Laminati, a collection of plastic laminate furniture inspired by an eclectic mix of 20th-century design movements.

Neo Laminati by Kelly Behun Neo Laminati by Kelly Behun
Neo Laminati by Kelly Behun Neo Laminati by Kelly Behun
Neo Laminati by Kelly Behun Neo Laminati by Kelly Behun

The forms of the pieces in the collection were inspired by 1930s avant-garde design, 1960s op art and 1980s Memphis furniture. The designers added a contemporary touch with digitally printed plastic laminate panels.

Pieces included the Neo Maroc Chair and Neo Maroc Bench, which incorporated photos of hand-woven Moroccan rugs. Behun created the rugs in partnership with local craftspeople in Marrakech using found remnants of fabric. The designs add a warm hand-made touch to the furniture’s otherwise austere, linear design.

The Neo Laminati pieces were made by hand in the Naula Workshop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

For more on digital translations of painterly forms, read our Portfolio report on Santtu Mustonen.

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