Picture a welcome mat in your mind's eye. What does it look like? If you're anything like me, you immediately think of that typical brown, scratchy coir that's on everyone's front step. Now picture the mat that you might have right by your kitchen sink. Is it plastic, maybe a little mildewed from the mess (you may or may not be making) in your kitchen? Well, it's about time we take a step forward... onto some new floormats. Today I've got not one but TWO Finds for the fifth wall of your home. Read on to see why these two designers are the chosen ones!
The Airea Floor Mat by Sitskie Design Studio
Sitskie Design Studio was started in 2012 by husband and wife duo Adam and Vanessa Friedman. Adam says he finds his inspiration "by seeking new ways to see, feel and experience the everyday world" — his Airea Floormat is certainly no exception to that. His clients wanted an anti-fatigue mat that wouldn't look so out of place in the aesthetic of their homes, so Airea was designed with these considerations in mind: it's durable enough to meet the demands of standing in the kitchen or the office, and it's stylish enough to hold its own in the modern home. And, like all of their products, Airea is handmade locally, using only sustainable materials.
What You Should Know
While I can so easily imagine Airea by the kitchen sink, it actually is meant to be anywhere you might need an extra spring in your step (think standing desk, in front of the kitchen island, etc). No matter where you put it, it will be up to the challenge. Not only are they super durable, they are designed with heavy-duty grout lines that keep them water-resistant. They are lightweight, easy to clean, and won't keep in dust like most floor coverings. And because they flex under each step, they are just insanely comfortable.
The organic modern decorator with a love of good, clean design —who also values comfort. The price point (around $400) is on the high end, but this mat is a gorgeous story-telling pieces for the home. This is an anti-fatigue mat that looks as good as it feels.
Mat Green by Living Zesty
Living Zesty's mission statement is all-encompassing of their inspiration and of their product: "Save the earth, recycle the turf." Founder Alison Hans was inspired to create these door mats after her sister-in-law had recently replaced her lawn with artificial turf and found herself with leftover pieces. Alison saw the pieces and decided to create a better version of a circular, green doormat that she had recently seen at a designer store. When she posted her creation online and got so much positive feedback, she realized there was a market out there — and so the business began. We've talked about welcome mats before, but none of the ones we've seen are quite like this.
What You Should Know
These mats are upcycled, not recycled. (Yes, the turf has been taken to a job-site, but it was never peeled off the ground — only cut away as excess!) And cleaning it is easy: it can be shaken out, sprayed with a hose, or even washed with soapy water in case your pet decides to use it as a training ground. The mat measures 33 inches in diameter (almost 6 square feet!) and even though it may seem like an odd measurement, Alison has found that it is the size that proportionately works best with most doors.
Lovers of the carefree, happy modern look who are also environmentally conscious and crave the unexpected. Mat Green ($40) is a cheeky, twist on artificial grass that will show your visitors you have a sense of humor and a sense of style.
Mat Green - $40 @ LivingZesty.com & Airea Floormat - $425 @ Sitskie.com
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