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Wanted: A Basket That Bounces Like Kinetic Art

Once a student project, Laetitia Florin’s basket is available through Ligne Roset.

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Let us reintroduce you to the Bidum basket. It’s not just a storage item, as my colleague Suzanne LaBarre wrote last year: “It swings, shimmies, and shakes like some sort of cross between a Slinky and a giant Koosh Ball.” Laetitia Florin produced the container for her graduate thesis at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, in Switzerland; now, the 23-year-old’s design is being produced by Ligne Roset. We couldn’t be prouder.

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Bidum is made from strips of spring steel covered in cotton–a process that requires a degree of handcraft. Per Florin: “Bidum is a dynamic object, a fascinating container. It can be used for anything, you define what it contains!” Of course, it’s more inclined to bounce when empty.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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