erica hogenbirk knitwear

October 6, 2011

a selection of housewares and furniture from Erica Hogenbirk

One of things I love about writing this blog is how it exposes me to all kinds of innovative folks who broaden my horizons about what makes good design. In particular, I love to discover fresh ways to use materials that blow all my preconceived notions out of the water. The latest person to push this envelope for me is the absolutely original Erica Hogenbirk.

Erica is a knitwear designer from the Netherlands whose work is as unexpected and beautiful as it is varied. Whether crafting furniture, smaller housewares or personal items, all her work is handmade, start to finish, by Erica herself, from natural fibers like wool or cotton. Her vibrant hues and vivid patterns – a mixture of traditional, ethnic, and modern motifs – practically dance with life. Even Erica’s more mono-chromatic pieces have an unmistakable vitality. The textures of her knitwear are also enticing. Fuzzy and soft, they invite the touch (certainly a surprising twist for a vase). And then there is the pure creativity of Erica’s works. In her lovely blog, Erica continually reveals new applications for knitwear in the form myriad vases, numerous necklaces, art, pillows, scarves, and bags, as well as sundry seats. The results of all this originality and craftsmanship are exceptional objects that are works of art in and of themselves.

I have barely scratched the surface of products and designs by Erica. For more, be sure to check out her website and Etsy shop.

above: a selection of vase covers and knitted vessels

pouf and necklace


bench for the Stedelijk Museum

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