Picks of the Week on the blogosphere | 080308 issue-part 2

felt home accessories by Papaver Vert : Ronel Jordaan : Moa Jantzes : Graf-Lantz :: Anthropologie

Felt seems to be all the rage. Looking at the amount of felt products for the home featured by my fellow bloggers last week, I almost smell a trend. I saw more this morning while I am reading my RSS feeds. I like felt so I cannot be happier.

My 4 picks of the week

Design Hole for Felt Accessories

Like me, my friend Jennifer Mitchell of Design Hole was amazed all the wonderful things crafty and ingenious people are making out of felt.

I am showing this cute set of mustard base bowls by Papaver Vert. Imagine them as the nest for your Easter eggs. The rest of the year you can serve wrapped candies or use them in the entrance to store loose changes, keys and your cell phones.

Jennifer aptly suggested creating a soft tabletop display with these lovely Little Pebbles. Otherwise, you can build a vignette in the room of your choice. I suspected the felt pebbles to be from the South African artist-designer Ronel Jordaan.

Emma Designblogg for OKKO

I felt in love with these artichoke or blossom inspired stool designed by Moa Jantzes. Called Kotte, I found the look pretty amazing. I called it a stool out of a better word, but it is really more a sculpture. I follow Emma’s blog since the summer of 2007.

Oh Happy Blog! for One Stop Shop: Anthropologie Offbeat

I really like this tabletop designed by Anthropologie. Blue and mustard is a hot color palette for Spring 2008. Adding the natural accessories create a fresh approach that has not nothing to do with the traditional royal blue and white from Holland or the blue and yellow Provencal style.

Oh Happy Blog! is produced by an event designer from Jacksonville, Florida. Her name is Danielle Gregory. Her latest posts gave me the impression that she is a fan of Anthropologie and IKEA. I discovered her blog last week.

Better Living Through Design for Graf-Lantz Wine Bottle Holders

We often carry around wine bottles from you go the BYOW restaurants or to a friend’s house. Why not do it in style? The thick merino felt protects and insulates your wine bottles. These are two creations by Gräf & Lantz, the Los Angeles based design studio founded by Holger Gräf and Daniel Lantz. The handles and details are made with vegetable tanned leather.

The colorful Duo model is also available in a solo version. The Quiver will appeal to men. What I like the most about the Quiver is that you can detach the shoulder strap and keep your bottles chilled and handy in the perfect cosy.  These wine bottle carry-on bags look hip and green.

These felt accessories would made wonderful gifts for a housewarming party or a unique wedding gift.

Buy online: Large Squatty Felted Wool Bowl Set -Shades of Grey with Mustard Base by Papaver Vert – price: $79 USD for a set of 3 bowls
Buy online: Felt Pebbles at Branch – starting at: $14 USD
Learn more: Kotte by Moa Jantze at OKKO
Buy online: Quiver Gray Felt and Brown Leather by Graf & Lantz – price: $130 USD
Buy online: Duo Red German Felt and Black Leather by Graf & Lantz – price: $118 USD

  • Patty
    March 11, 2008 at 15:36

    Wow! Thanks Kim for including my bowls in this great list of felt lovelies!

  • Emma
    March 16, 2008 at 19:53

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you so much for the mention and the link!

    Actually the name of this piece (Kotte) means pinecone, so that is where the inspiration came from. Just a little translation for you. 🙂

    Have a nice week!


  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    March 17, 2008 at 00:46

    Emma: Thank you for the translation. Now that I know, the resemblance seems obvious.