andrea brena: knitted army at DMY berlin 2012 andrea brena: knitted army at DMY berlin 2012
jun 12, 2012

andrea brena: knitted army at DMY berlin 2012

‘knitted army’ by andrea brena recycled cloth image courtesy of andrea brena

berlin-based italian designer andrea brena has conceived a range of furnishings entitled ‘knitted army’. the collection was born from brena’s decision to take a year from his bachelor programme at the eindhoven academy to ‘see what life was like outside the bubble [of university]‘ through exploring his own understanding of design. reviving the art of arm-knitting was the outcome of this, in which the craftsman reuses discarded fabric strips from textile factories in italy to knit into carpets, pillows and chairs using only his arms as the guide. each piece is produced from leftover cloth where the cushions and seats are stuffed with the same scrap material.

the material knitted

arm-knitted carpet

the left-over fabric used to create the pieces

the carpets are made using a crochet technique which is a more difficult method image © designboom

arm-knitted pillows

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arm-knitted chair image © designboom

detail image © designboom

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the collection on show


video showing the process
  • como arañas tejedoras!

    coty says:
  • Not knit, crochet…

    Kamola says:
  • Meraviglioso!!! Assomiglia molto la mia collezione SATURNO….

    GIAN CARLO SANDOVAL MAZZERO says:
  • whaaaaa stunning! (but it’s crochet…)

    Camille says:
  • the black/beige/grey carpet is for me!
    well done dude!

    fabien says:
  • Beautiful!

    né santelmo says:
  • I was trying to image what knitting with your arms would be like and I think it rather impossible… unless your some sort of octopus/Shiva type craftsmen. But, none of the less, the rugs are stunning. Do want.

    Daniele says:
  • Though all of his round pieces are crochet, as shown in the video, the red piece he is working on at the top of the page, the “arm knitting” looks to be what is known in the US as Tunisian Crochet, which is a fascinating mix of knitting and crochet combined. This does not require turning the work, so he could do this style of knitting without pulling his arms off.

    Journeyman Knitter says:
  • fantástico!!!!

    claudia says:
  • Yep, it\’s crochet and the red carpet Tunisian crochet. But spite the confusion it is still really nice

    Chris says:

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