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You may be asking:  What are these?  

These are Clouds, a set of fabric tiles that can be folded along pre-creased lines in multiple ways to create a myriad of patterns.

Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Danish manufacturer Kvadrat, each tile can be mounted on a wall to make a topographic pattern or hung from the ceiling to look like. . . .well, like clouds.  Sort’a.  More like if clouds were jammed into a computer fractal program designed by someone influenced by cubist art.  But still, I like them.  The patterns are something of a paradox:  naturalistic design combined with controlled chaos.

The tiles are available in seven colors and two different fabrics and are attached to each other with rubber bands.  When you get tired of one pattern you’ve made, you can simply take it apart and build another.

Currently “Clouds” are available only in Europe and sell at a starting price of 285 euros for an 8-tile set.  The hanging system sells for an extra 29 euros.

 What would you make with your clouds?

by John Barker

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