Gallery: SALT CRYSTALIZED DOILY BOWL by the Home Project

NY Haute Design Show '07, crystalized doily bowls
NY Haute Design Show '07, crystalized doily bowls

While grandmother’s doilies may be an anachronism in modern homes today, the UNBLOSSOM salt crystal crocheted bowls represent a very current trend- that is the re-inventing of products from past crafts for modern-day uses. The-Home-Project crystallized doily bowls breathe new life into a lost craft and are anything but nostalgic. Not that we don’t love the handiwork of thousands of needle loops, but the more visually engaging three-dimensional version is easier to appreciate when sustainably recycled into a piece that fits with the new decor.

Not surprising, Kathi Stertzig and Albio Nascimento, the Portugal-Germany based duo that makes up The-Home-Project, use words such as ‘authenticity, lightness, multiplicity, sensitivity, respect, and flow’ to describe their design approach. Similarly, their vision is such: “We believe in the little something, beauty, relations and simplicity. Our aim is to create atmosphere and disturbing questions. We look for the missing links in things. Ask us for the subtle change of something.” You can also find this approach in other work by Kathi and Albio, such as their cork cups and salty egg holders. New products from The Salt Collection are currently on exhibit at MOSHI & MORKEL Gallery in Berlin.

heritage edition doily bowl: 450E / piece
new edition doily bowl: 200E / piece
salty egg holders (below): 100E / pair

And if the traditional flat doily is what you prefer, there are still endless opportunities for exploration there too.


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  1. Elliott May 31, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    My grandmother made similar bowls, and darling teacups with saucer attached, about 50 years ago. Also sugared!
    While these are beautiful, I would wonder about the long-term stability in something so spendy. Salt attracts moisture, and probably a breakdown in the fabric structure. In a patch of really humid weather, I would think the surface under a salted bowl would suffer too.

  2. David May 31, 2007 at 11:19 am

    I would hardly call that a modernization, my mom had salted doilies things kicking around the house since forever, I hate them.

  3. Sara May 28, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    My grandma used to make THE EXACT SAME BOWLS, but using sugar crystals instead of salt. I used to suck on the edges (mmm..sugar).

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