Jessica Carnevale's Puffy Furniture

Design Milk

While seriousness has its place in decorating and design, I enjoy and appreciate a a bit of trompe l'œil surrealism as well. Faux concrete walls and take out inspired porcelain dishes are just the types of things that catches my eye.

So its no surprise that I was immediately struck by the work of Jessica Carnevale when I saw it on Design Milk. In her line of Puffy Furniture, shown at Milan Design Week, she creates substantial pieces that only look as though they are light as air. Designed out of silk, satins, and nylons, the pieces inspired by puffy winter coats give the appearance of being inflated.

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Jessica Carnevale spoke to Design Milk about her work.

Puffy takes the much-loved puffy jacket as its inspiration. Rather than just doing one piece, I wanted to extend my experimentation across a whole collection. Fashion designers get to create whole crazy collections every season and then these ideas from haute couture filter down into the ready to wear lines. I like that kind of thinking. It's sort of how I work, but instead of haute couture, you have hand made prototypes. Because I make all my own work, I get to go on journeys with materials that I simply wouldn't be able to do if I was working solely on 3D. The result is hopefully an exuberant celebration of furniture!

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