Monday, April 21, 2008

Felt Never Grows Old

Felt is the oldest form of fabric known to humankind (it predates weaving and knitting) yet we still have not exhausted options on how to incorporate this versatile material into our lives. Clever designers like Pia Wallen and Josh Jakus have introduced new products with a modern twist on this traditional material.

Trivets, coasters, and nesting baskets by Pia Wallen
Joshua Stone vase and bowl from Lekker Home (Bonus! This eco-friendly designer uses reclaimed wood for the core of his products)

Just one of many clever Josh Jakus products, this is my favorite.  
It's the centerpiece on the dining table in my home.
These ingenious place mats by Josh Jakus have built-in napkin rings!

6-pack coasters by Josh Jakus
Wine pocket and zip-up pouch also by Josh Jakus
These would make great gifts.

Momento Rug from 2 Form

Roses Rug by Nani Marquina
Available in Los Angeles from Plush Pod

Last, but certainly not least.  Check out Paola Lenti's spectacular felt rug collection.  She pioneered a woven version of the material that is extra durable and inspired the use of felt in totally new ways. 

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