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Designer: Bianca Cheng Costanzo
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Many accessory designs are the result of a passion for beauty, a love for decor and sometimes a welcome ability to sew. The Bloom blanket, however, is much more than that. It is the inspired outcome of a child’s love for origami, a student’s understanding of geometry and a designer’s curiosity about how geometry can be applied to her field of work.

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Created by the Brazilian designer Bianca Cheng Costanzo, the Bloom blanket is made of 180 triangles hand-stitched into tetrahedrons by a team of seamstresses, then tessellated into a larger fabric sheet. The triangles are digitally drawn, then precisely cut by CNC fabric routers.

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The result is a fabric of a fascinating 3-D geometry. While the raw material is a solid grey or white color, the visual interest comes from the origami-like angles and corners of the blanket. The concept is surprising, since angularity is not necessary a concept associated with the texture or look of fabrics.

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The custom-woven material, produced in Prato, Italy, is 20 percent cashmere and 80 percent wool blend, which adds excellent softness and warmth to its list of qualities.

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The designer recalls her interest in the art of origami as a young child. As an MIT student, her interest in geometry took a scientific turn, only to find itself slip into her design work. Applied geometrist Ron Resch and his 1960’s research into origami tessellation became a motivating factor for a designer with a knack for crossing interdisciplinary borders.

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Being the work of an artist, designer and software engineer rolled into one, the Bloom blanket is itself more than just a blanket. It is an interior design accessory as much as it is a pretext for exploring geometric concepts, a product born out of a passion for mathematics – and out of Costanzo’s own life story.

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Please take a look at our Before and After images of selected projects from 2015 HERE.

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