Missoni, Accomplished The term “thea kuta” refers to the type of weaving technique developed by artist Elisa Bortolussi; it’s also the name of her handwoven pendant lamp commissioned by MissoniHome for its spring 2014 collection, which debuted to rave reviews at Maison et Objet in Paris this past January. Wishing for viewers to experience yarn as an alternative tool for visual expression, she studied how women all over the world—from Italy to Mexico and Nigeria to Ghana—all interpreted this method of artistry. Under Rosita Missoni’s creative direction, she customized a lighting installation using vivid colors and patterns that align with the Italian fashion brand’s concepts of energy and geometry. To Chicagoans, it almost acts as a teleporting device to an exotic locale of sun, sand and waves. Hang it over the kitchen table to help you get through those lessthan- colorful winter months. –Diana Bitting
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