Most parents of toddlers don’t bring out the white table linens to serve a meal of grape juice and spaghetti — but Norwegian designer Kristine Bjaadal‘s prototype Underfull Tablecloth could change a parent’s table reservations by taking the gasps out of spills and turning them into artistic moments. What appears as a simple, white tablecloth with a floral damask pattern is really a magical backdrop that kids prone to making mealtime messes will love — because on Underfull, a liquid spill causes an eruption of butterflies, which spread across the woven floral pattern and create a layered image as seen in action here.
We all know that anything white is just asking to be stained, and Bjaadal’s Underfull Tablecloth turns accidents into serendipitous events. Of her creation Bjaadal explains, “Sooner or later someone is bound to spill, but where this person usually feels clumsy and embarrassed, he will now feel fortunate. An everyday negative situation is turned into a positive experience.”
Bjaadal believes that Underfull will contribute to “giving the tablecloth sentimental value – important in a society where we seem to have an increasingly superficial relation to the objects we surround ourselves with.” Her prototype design features butterflies because they “always come as a surprise, they are soundless and suddenly come into view, as if out of thin air.” Her concept for the development of the tablecloth includes a wide range of different patterns that all tell their own story.
via Minor Details
Images copyright Kristine Bjaadal