New Tablecloth Turns Wine Spills into Art

New Tablecloth Turns Wine Spills into Art

Food & Drink

New Tablecloth Turns Wine Spills into Art


By Cari Martens

A new tablecloth creation by designer Kristine Bjaadal turns a moment of embarrassment into an artistic expression.

The tablecloth looks like a conventional white tablecloth with a subtle floral pattern until a liquid is spilled on it. When stained with something like red wine, the material absorbs the spillage and turns it into a pretty pattern of flowers or butterflies.

Called the Underfull (not sure why), the tablecloth allows a great collection of patterns. Different patterns will tell different stories. In the prototype, butterflies spead out over the woven floral pattern – creating a layered image.

According to the 29-year-old designer, Kristine Bjaadal of Oslo, Norway, the cloth will never look horribly stained, and will actually improve in appearance with each spill. As she told the U.K.’s Daily Mail, ‘It works with all kinds of liquids and the pattern will take the color of whatever is spilled.’

The tablecloth is still in prototype, Bjaadal says, so she’s not revealing much about how it works.

We’re not sure how well this would go over in so-called ‘white tablecloth’ restaurants here in the USA. Could be a hit, who knows.

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