Braids are back in fashion for Fall 2011 and the trend is crossing over into home design. This nostalgic pattern creates a beautiful texture that can be used in unexpected places giving any interior a folksy modern twist.
Braiding has been a mainstay in the form of durable rugs in traditional homes. Yet, this pattern isn't often associated with hip contemporary design. It's actually this colloquial quality that makes braiding a charming and refreshing choice.
• Ikea's new Annorlunda Collection draws inspiration from the braiding techniques used in India and Vietnam. The results are rich classic furniture and accents with a lot of colorful character.
• Baltimore Roy Crosse's sculpture "The Wailing Wall" is a high art installation which raises questions about the efficacy of War, and notions about patriotism and nationhood. But, I can't help but think about how fantastic hanging multi-tonal braids would look as an alternative to boring curtains.
• Johanna Landin's Purple Braid Lamp combines a clean glossy white stand with a large loose braided cord and shade. It's the sharp contrast that makes the design amusing.
• Ralph Lauren gives this silverware a bit of blue blood sophistication by adding braiding pattern.
• Dutch designer Bauke Knottnerus crafted large-scale braids out of foam to create comfortable seating and sleeping surfaces. Like Landin's lamp, it's the opposing design elements that make a brilliant furniture concept.