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From An Ex-Apple Designer, A Cozy Blanket Inspired By Origami And Science

Finally, a way to laze on a couch and be vaguely associated with art and science.

  • <p>The Bloom blanket was created by Bianca Cheng Costanzo, an ex-Apple designer and veteran of the MIT Media Lab.</p>
  • <p>Its pattern is an homage to the origami shapes she played with as a child.</p>
  • <p>But there's also an element of her computer science background: The shapes echo the concepts of tessellation.</p>
  • <p>The blanket is currently on Kickstarter, where it's already screamed past its funding goal.</p>
  • <p>It'll be available in grey or white, and both fabrics will be sourced from all-natural Italian cashmere.</p>
  • <p>The blanket will cost $250 when it goes up for sale.</p>
  • <p>Costanzo says that the fabric holds its three-dimensional shape while remaining soft and supple.</p>
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    The Bloom blanket was created by Bianca Cheng Costanzo, an ex-Apple designer and veteran of the MIT Media Lab.

  • 02 /07

    Its pattern is an homage to the origami shapes she played with as a child.

  • 03 /07

    But there's also an element of her computer science background: The shapes echo the concepts of tessellation.

  • 04 /07

    The blanket is currently on Kickstarter, where it's already screamed past its funding goal.

  • 05 /07

    It'll be available in grey or white, and both fabrics will be sourced from all-natural Italian cashmere.

  • 06 /07

    The blanket will cost $250 when it goes up for sale.

  • 07 /07

    Costanzo says that the fabric holds its three-dimensional shape while remaining soft and supple.

As chilly weather drags on, there's still time to curl up on the couch under a nice cozy blanket. But most blankets are just so...flat. Not in terms of color or impact, but literally, they're flat, because they're a flat piece or knit of fabric. Not so with the Bloom, an art- and science-inspired blanket that's currently on Kickstarter.

Bloom was created by Bianca Cheng Costanzo, a Brazilian-born half-Chinese and half-Italian woman raised in California who dropped out of MIT (where she was a part of the famous MIT Media Lab) and worked as a designer at Apple (phew!). All of that, she says, comes into play with Bloom: a blanket inspired by both the origami she played with as a child and the tessellations she explored at MIT, created from soft Italian fabric.

Bloom is a blanket with a surprisingly three-dimensional design, constructed by sewing woolen tetrahedrons together. The final result is familiar, a pleasantly bumpy spread of pyramids that looks like a paper fortune teller. The material, Costanzo says, is Italian cashmere, and just stiff enough to maintain its shape. It's available in both white and grey and costs $249. At the moment, Costanzo is raising money on Kickstarter, where she's already demolished her funding goal. From a goal of $14,050, she's secured well over $160,000 already, with more than a week to go.

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