Happy Accidents: Tablecloth Turns Spills into Colorful Decor


White on white, floral-embroidered, it looks just like a decorative heirloom you might take out for fancy occasions or find at once-in-a-lifetime events. But instead of a spill ruining the work, liquid activates hidden patterns in this unique conversation piece.

Kristine Bjaadal wanted to make an everyday mistake into an opportunity rather an unfortunate inevitability – stitching a silver-lining surprise into this normally care-demanding centerpiece underlying our dinner table, just waiting to ruin the evening.

“Some stains, like red wine, are hard to clean and might leave vague colour traces after washing. But since these traces will be formed as figures, the tablecloth will not look stained. The figures will form a pale, shadowy pattern that will grow as the tablecloth is being used and spilled on over time.”

“This creates stories and can contribute in 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.”

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