Raw-Edges: the re-use of discarded felt
Good morning! With the boys out to the swimming pool, some time to relax. I am going through every single page of Elle Decoration Uk. If like me, you love to see the latest in furniture design and discover new designers and trends, do not miss out their Sept. issue.
My eyes are right on this Israeli couple Yael Mar and Shay Alkalay – aka Raw-Edges. Have a look at the Coiling Collection where long strip of felt is coiled and formed into a three dimensional body. One side of the felt is being left in its natural softness, where the other side is saturated with silicon. The felt observes the silicon into its fibres and together they set into a hybrid material with structural build. I am visually attracted by this colorful bunch of felted mushrooms and would love to touch them. Can I sit on them? not quite sure but love it!
My favourite is the “Selvedge” , an experimental armchair made with discarded portion of the Danish fabric company Kvadrat.
Again Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of London-based Raw Edges, are playing and emphasizing the structural qualities of the fabric which they deconstruct. “The tricky thing about Hallingdal 65 is that it is beautiful as it is,” says Yael. “It just needs to be spread out to reveal its qualities. We started with trying to ‘break’ it, or more correctly to ‘un-weave’ it, while trying not to ruin its original exquisiteness,” explains Shay. The warp and woof threads arrangement allowed the pair to unravel and release threads from within the woven fabric, creating a hollow sleeve inside its surface. The designers then placed two layers in different colors on top of each other and re-stitched them together using transparent plastic strip. As a result, a colorful rim had appeared from the other layer, reminiscent of the selvedge that can be found as the hem of raw fabrics. Usually the edges of a textile while on the roll is generally cut from the fabric and not part of an end product. In this project Raw Edges – clearly in line with their brand name – is celebrating it.
For more cutting-edge, modern, sustainable design, have a look at E-Side collection of green furniture
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