Recently spotted on Upon A Fold’s blog, Best Before‘s woven baskets are quite stunning. But what makes them even more amazing – they are actually paper! For this beautiful collection, artisans Corinne Muller and Piotr Oleszkowicz employed the ancient art of Korean paper weaving, in which flat strips of paper are rolled into strong rope-like cords.
Spare and simple, the complexity of these creations lies in the dynamism and texture of the loose weave. Unstructured, these pliable vessels posses a fluid energy. As their porous forms dance with the light and space around them, the objects within their gossamer frames appear cradled, rather than contained. Alluring to the eye, their woven surfaces are equally inviting to the touch. Elemental and organic, Best Before‘s baskets appear to me to be the man-made equivalent my horse hair bird’s nest. Intricate, yet simple. Delicate, but strong.