Interior design doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking about the many uses for wool. Suiting and knitwear seem most obvious, of course, given the ways in which we wear those garments year-round. But beyond rugs and upholstery, wool plays an increasingly large part in home design, with research, manufacturing developments and design innovation leading to its use in pieces as far ranging as curtains, bedding, lighting, artworks and decorative objects. With its luxurious finish, easy-to-care-for nature and health properties, wool is the natural choice for any interior.
Off the Wall
Having crafted a reputation with more than 50 years of material-based artworks, Sheila Hicks shows no signs of slowing down. Her favoured medium is wool and other natural fibres but abandon here all visions of macrame; Hicks has been using textiles since the 1970s to make work that straddles the realms of art, craft and architecture, exploring scale from intimate weavings to large monumental installations that challenge the properties of her chosen medium in ways that are always surprising and never cliché.
Maharam’s future vision
There are few companies with as storied history as Maharam, which was founded in 1902 by Russian-born American immigrant Louis Maharam. From a pushcart near Manhattan’s Wall Street, Louis sold fabric remnants, a business venture that subsequently evolved to become a storefront in New York City’s midtown.Today, the company works collaboratively with a range of artists and designers on its collections, creating an open dialogue across varied disciplines so as to offer its customers – largely architects and interior designers – something innovative.
Shoot: Striking a balance
“I call wool a wonder fibre. If wool was invented today it would be a sensation – it can outperform any synthetic fibre – and that it’s created by nature is phenomenal.”