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  A wool throw by Bertman.
    A wool throw by Bertman.
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  Wool throw.
    Wool throw.
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  Bertman's RGB cotton cushions.
    Bertman's RGB cotton cushions.
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  Chess throw.
    Chess throw.
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  Shoelaces Seasons cushions in cotton.
    Shoelaces Seasons cushions in cotton.
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  Bertman's 2 Side Gradient wool cushions feature a color on one side and gray wool on the other.
    Bertman's 2 Side Gradient wool cushions feature a color on one side and gray wool on the other.
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  Swedish designer Simon Key Bertman’s textile designs are a treat for the eyes, the brain, and the fingertips.
    Swedish designer Simon Key Bertman’s textile designs are a treat for the eyes, the brain, and the fingertips.
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A wool throw by Bertman.

Simon Key Bertman’s textile designs are a treat for the eyes, the brain, and the fingertips. His chunky woven patterns— as seen in his handwoven Chess throw —are inspired by optical patterns that two-step to a perfectly ordered but free-spirited rhythm. “At art school I discovered that the systematic method of weaving fit my pattern ideas perfectly, so I studied weaving techniques for many years,” the Stockholm-based designer says of his time at Konstfack. Bertman’s rigorous mark can be found in recent collaborations with Note Design Studio and Svenskt Tenn, among others, and he’s currently busy working on his own showroom. His dream commission? Applying his optical motifs on a much larger scale to public spaces.

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