Cozy Up in the Complex Bloom Blanket
As an aficionado of art and design you can’t just curl up in any old blanket. You want to be “enveloped in continuous geometry.” The Bloom Blanket was inspired by origami and synergizes mathematics, art and memory.
Designed by Bianca Cheng Costanzo, the Bloom Blanket consist of 180 triangles whose ridges form little mini pyramids. Despite its unconventional and complex looks, the Bloom is warm and cozy, made from a luxurious cashmere wool blend in Italy, in an area famed for its cashmere production. Each blankets takes five hours to craft. While the wool blend hails from an Italian textile factory, the blankets are sewn in Poland by a small, family-run operation.
Costanzo found herself inspired by visionary mathematician Ron Resch, who investigated 3D tessellations in the 1960s. According to Merriam-Webster, a tessellation is “a covering of an infinite geometric plane without gaps or overlaps by congruent plane figures of one type or a few types.” After a near-fatal accident, Costanzo suffered severe memory loss. As part of her healing process, she played with origami, which she had done with her mom as a kid. As her exploration and experiments became more complex, more Resch-like so to speak, the idea for the Bloom Blanket with its interlocking tetrahedrons came into being. It quickly became one of Spain’s most successful Kickstarter campaigns.
The Bloom Blanket is currently available in one size, measuring 55 by 59 inches and weighing 1.54 pounds. You can choose from Cream or Charcoal. Visit bloomblanket.com.
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“Throughout my life, I have been curious about geometric forms and folds. During my time at MIT, I was introduced to more elaborate forms of origami, and a language for analyzing and generating those 3-dimensional shapes. As a child who always invented paper toys and dolls, it was my dream to transform them into something beautiful that I could have at home. Thus, bloom was born.”