Barley Massey was commissioned by iittala to create 2 eye catching window displays during the London Design Festival. Over 80 iittala items of home ware were covered in knitting in Skandium shop windows on Brompton Road and Marlybone High Street. Inspired by Iitalla’s ethos of ‘long lasting design against throwawayism’ Barley worked with Hackney based knitting group ‘Knitty Gritty’ to create quirky product ‘covers’ as well as little hats, scarves, nests, all hand made entirely from salvaged, upcycled yarns and materials – the Aalto curvy vase covers knitted from plastic bags were a fun challenge!
For the opening of the ‘Knit Wits’ installation Barley & the Knitty Gritty girls gave a knitting class whilst Skandium served up delicious teas & home made cake. Barley also produced 500 ‘knit – Wit – kits’ which were distributed around key locations of the Design Festival to encourage some guerilla knitting and inform people of iittala’s activities during the festival.