Materials: Dupioni silk and organic cotton
Price Point: $600 (crib quilt) to $3200 (queen-sized quilt)
"Soft-Maps are handmade quilted maps of cities, neighborhoods and parks that represent someone's unique place in the world. These heirlooms are meant to be used: wrap your children in them, have a picnic, pull them close during the next Nor'easter. Not only beautiful, these blankets can be used as a mnemonic tool...""As your child grows up with a Soft Map, they learn to read their neighborhood and its landmarks in a tactile, easily remembered way.
Most Soft-Maps are made with dupioni silk, a sturdy multi-dimensional fabric; the warm interlayer is organic cotton. Custom Soft-Maps can be designed and constructed at any scale: the small town you grew up in, the city or country you're lonely for, or the college campus where you met your mate."
Designer: Emily Fischer
Location: Brooklyn, NY
---Previous Design: Random Geometry Wallpaper by Karen Combs
• About Design Showcase 2009: This summer we're celebrating the best in design for the home. We're taking submissions from independent and student designers from around the world and letting our readers vote on who they think has the best design. There's also a panel of august judges. Two winners will win $20,000 in targeted advertising placements on our sites to help launch their career. All info is here.