Arsenic and Old Lace
When one considers lace solely as an aesthetic object without all of the frou-frou assocations, it is really quite beautiful - reminiscent of patterns made in nature (such as those in a spider's web). What started this train of thought was the pair of lovely earrings I picked up in New York in February:
Little did I know, that was only the beginning.
The newness of these lace-inspired objects is really dependent upon their context, which has often been shifted. To follow are a few of my favorite examples of postmodern riffs on lace.
Marcel Wanders' Crochet Table is a new favorite of mine. It has fantastic texture - I just want to reach out and touch it! I especially love its inherent contradiction - it's made of a perfectly sturdy resin material but its delicate appearance is a deception. If the table were actually made of lace, it would of course collapse. From Moss.
And then there's Flor's Amazing Lace tiles, available at CB2. The pattern is abstracted enough, I think, to keep it looking modern.
While I have tried to show atypical uses of lace (i.e. on furniture and other design objects) and have thus avoided any clothing examples, this cut-out lace belt is just gorgeous. From Anthropologie.
Finally, we have Tord Boontje's until dawn curtain. Pretty much everybody knows about it by now, but I couldn't not include it because it's just too pretty to ignore. Even in my most whimsical snowflake-cutting episodes, I could never have dreamed of producing something as fantastical as this. Thank goodness someone else did!