A Tablecloth Designed for Spills: Kristine Bjaadal's Underfull

A Tablecloth Designed for Spills: Kristine Bjaadal's Underfull

Adele Peters
Apr 12, 2010

With the Underfull tablecloth by Norwegian designer Kristine Bjaadal, spilling a glass of wine becomes a good thing. When it's doused in Merlot (or soda, or any other liquid) the cloth slowly reveals a beautiful hidden pattern of butterflies.

An important part of sustainability is just being able to keep the things we have longer, and this tablecloth solves the problem of longevity brilliantly. Any spills that don't wash out in the laundry will look like they were designed to be part of the cloth, because the color will show the butterfly pattern rather than a splotch. Over time, the spills will create subtle layers, giving reminders of the dinners that came before. The designer worked to give the Underfull more emotional power than an ordinary tablecloth. Sentimental value is important, Bjaadal says, "in a society where we seem to have an increasingly superficial relation to the objects we surround ourselves with." If we get attached to something, we'll be less likely to throw it out, and the Underfull is definitely something we could imagine getting attached to. Unfortunately, it's still in concept form at the moment, but check Bjaadal's website for updates on production.

(Images: Kristine Bjaadal, used with permission)

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