In this month’s Deconstruction, we take a look at the Hive Ottoman and Table Collection from atelier oï for B&B Italia. Using small leather patches, or “leaves”, atelier oï came up with a way of connecting them to create a three-dimensional textile. Following much trial and error, they figured out a beautiful way to utilize the textile’s complex structure and turn it into the design element it is today. After fitting the textile onto hexagonal ottomans, almost like upholstery, they then paired them with low tables made from a folded sheet of metal. Want to see how they made this beehive-inspired collection happen? Check it out…

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

We formed a study with the leather patches, or “leaves”, in different colours.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

Here’s the front of the single colour study of leather patches.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

And the back of the study, with pieces of the individual leather patches not yet attached.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

After the studies on how to work with the patches, an initial sketch was done on how to use the connected leather structures on an ottoman.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

Various models of ottomans were created in different sizes and forms with different colors of leather.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

Then it was time to figure out how to wrap the legs of the ottoman. Here’s a study working with the patches.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

This is a study, and the first model, of trying to figure out how to end around the leg with the leather textile top.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

Since the patches have irregular ends, in this study we came up with a way to finish the corners and sides of the ottoman.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

Part of the idea for the design was to pair it with a similarly shaped table. These are some initial sketches for the table design.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

The finished product! The ottoman in three colors with the tables.

Hive: Leather Patches Create 3D Upholstery Textiles in main home furnishings  Category

Hive featured in an installation at the B&B Italia Store during the Milan Furniture Fair in April, 2013.