FELT Studio: Exploring the Material & Culture of Modern Industrial Felt

FELT Studio: Exploring the Material & Culture of Modern Industrial Felt

Cambria Bold
Jul 18, 2011

The FELT Studio, led by Kathryn Walter and based in Toronto, is a laboratory that "explores the material and culture of modern industrial felt." Walter's body of work ranges from intimate artworks to large-scale installations commissioned by both museums and private clients. (The headboard above was installed in a private residence.) We thought her work was a fascinating look at the variety and aesthetic appeal of this modern material.

A bit of history from FELT Studio:

Felt is rich in aesthetic and material properties that convey an array of dialectics; it spans history even as it continues to evoke a contemporary quality; it crosses fluidly between industry and domesticity; and it is manufactured by machine but has the natural gravitas of stone or wood that attracts a primal sense of comfort. Felt is a modern material based on an ancient craft. It is desirable to architects and designers for its unique look as well as for its practical characteristics including tactility and structure and ability to resist fire and absorb sound.
The FELT Studio emphasizes sustainability. Felt is made from wool, a renewable resource and Walter strives for maximum yield of material in each project to reduce waste. Remnants and off cuts are reused in various forms from one-of-a-kind products to experimental installations. The studio is located in Toronto and FELT products are made in Canada.


1 Striation Variation: made of wool industrial felt remnants and offcuts—some hand dyed, some sample pieces— stripped and stacked in an arrangement.
2 Striation Variation with Copper: this felt panel incorporates copper bands into the mix of felt strips to give an abstracted allusion to copper deposits in a rock wall.
3 The Gladstone Hotel: Upon entering the Felt Room in this hotel, you're presented with a wall of felt tiles that appears to bubble from the surface inspiring touch.
4 Pyramid Grid: This post-production house required a sound absorbent material to cover the wall of this editing suite.
5 Fashioning Felt: Two projects by Kathryn Walter are featured in this exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt museum in New York. For one project she created a site-specific molding in response to the ornate woodwork of the Georgian Manor that houses the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.


6 The Spool Stool: Made of natural grey industrial felt, 95% wool and 5% miscellaneous recycled fibres.
7 Felt Lighting: Made of 100% reused die-cut waste material felt.

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(Images: As linked via Felt Studio)

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