Well, it's really designed to be a "valet", that useful object designed for men with pockets full of stuff that needs a place to go at the end of the day. Placed on a dresser or bureau, it's the best landing spot for change, keys and a wallet. This was a commission for a client who gave me completely free reign and just asked that I design something for her art-minded grandfather.
I should have included my raggedy thumbnail for scale, but you'll probably get the idea.
This use of the two materials here is loosely inspired by the sculpture of Anish Kapoor. I love the play on matte against reflective in his work and I was after the feeling of the lushness he finds in his concave surfaces. The wool striped material is re-purposed of course, but the industrial felt is new.
Who on earth knows where I could get pre-used industrial felt without finding myself lost for hours on the internet, tangled in a devious web of chinese wholesalers and resources for industriual materials exchange? I do not, as it turns out, have 4 pallets of a semi-conductor lubricating grease to trade for a bolt of toxic assembly line felt. Okay, so I think it's obvious that I've already tried looking.
I think that these two materials work really well together and I am headed upstairs now to the labratory to see what else happens with it.