Felt As Furnishings

HOW IT STARTED Many designers say they were inspired by the 20th century German artist Joseph Beuys, who used felt widely in his works

JUDGMENT CALL Soft, muted, recycled: it sure beats fiberglass

The best and most beautiful things in the world," Helen Keller is reputed to have said, "cannot be seen or touched, but are felt..." She wasn't talking about the material, but as far as designers are concerned, she might have been. Humble old felt has been popping up in some unusual places, in clothes and furniture and even as table settings and vases.

Designers like that it's...

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