Sinus drapery at Clarion Hotel, Stockholm, 2007

Sinus – Soft Walls – Stockholm Furniture Fair 2005

Just discovered the work of this Swedish designer Johanna Lindgren who sometimes collaborates with Helen Hogburg. The pictures show their design called ‘Sinus’ which is space, soft wall, room divider with a sound absorbing function using industrial felt ribbons suspended on wires. It’s a visually appealing design but with practical properties. I’m enjoying the pattern of the felt ribbons and the transparency of the wall.  It’s also fun to look at.


Here is a video portrait of the Dutch textile/felt designer Claudy Jongstra.

Inspiring woman who dyes all her own felt using plants from her own farm , the wool

comes from her own flock of sheep.  She creates incredible large-scale felt wall coverings

for public and private spaces.

I love the movement of the slatted pieces that make up this room divider.  Don’t know much about Sang Hoon Kim other than he’s a NYC based designer.



Molo is a design practice based in Vancouver [got to love that city] – I stumbled across their softwall during my research. I’m in the process of designing and producing a textile wall for my final MA show. Although my design is very different, I’m really inspired by the endless possibilites of Molo’s softwall –  you can add and subtract pieces of the wall. The texture of the paper is really interesting although I’m primarily interested in softer spaces. Like the accompanying ‘poufs’ and I really like the LED version.  Beautiful.


Visited this mind-blowing exhibition last week.  Heatherwick Studio – Designing The Extraordinary.  There was no photography allowed in the show so….  Will have to buy the book.  The first experience of the exhibition was in the form of rolling your own programme off of a large contraption.  The whole show was breath-takingly clever from  start to finish…if I was only 5% as clever as this guy I’d be a happy woman.  Although ALL the projects exhibited were truly inspirational the one that resonated the most was the British Pavilion designed for the Shanghai Expo in 2010.  My eye was drawn to the structure’s ‘tuftiness’.  I came away from this show feeling like my soul had been filled up. The way this guy thinks is great.  Defines the word inventive.  Go. It’s on until September 2012.

Visited the Seven Architects build Seven Structures exhibition at the V&A earlier in the summer and was captivated by the space designed by architectural historian Terunobo Fujimori.  It’s called the Beetle House and was designed as a retreat to drink tea in..what a splendid idea.

I have a fondness for ‘sheds’ and am using this as an inspiration for one strand of my current work i.e. I’m trying to design the sort of textiles that would be appropriate for a space like this…soft, woolly and textured is what I came up with.

The building is constructed using charred cedar which is a traditional Japanese building technique.  Here’s the interior showing shards of charred cedar decorating the ceiling and the tea-making hearth:

And I believe this is his own personal sky high tea house in Japan:

I’ve been working on my brand design with Chris Wilson at blu inc graphics in Bristol.  The inspiration behind the image came from a postcard I picked up at Labour and Wait in Cheshire Street,London. The card had been handprinted by Harrington and Squires. I liked the greyboard background – unfussy and also the letterpress printing is really classy.  The ‘A’ was inspired by an ecofont [see earlier post] – the holes in the typeface mean that less ink is produced when printing.  The ‘A’ will be my logo and will be rolled out over my communication and product labels.