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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.

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.

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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.

About the author

Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law.

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