Not Your Typical Granny Knit: Claire-Anne O'Brien Knit Stools

With her bold and brightly colored collection of wool knit stools, UK-based textile designer Claire-Anne O'Brien shows that knits are not just for grannies anymore.

Inspired by elements of the knitted stitch, like rings and loops, O'Brien brought them to life by playing with scale and texture in her designs. The cozy knits feature exaggerated and detailed patterns stitched together by hand and machine in lambswool and sheep wool.

If you look at them long enough, I find that they start to take on a somewhat sci-fi feel, like a brain or a cellular structure — which makes them that much more interesting in my book.

See more of O'Brien's work at her website.

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(Images: Claire-Anne O'Brien)