Beyond rugs and upholstery, wool plays an increasingly large role 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.
Inspired by circular economics and a desire to do something good for the world, the Seljak sisters are turning the wool industry’s scraps into objects of use and beauty. Their recycled Merino blankets are carefully crafted from reclaimed raw wool, top and yarn – as well as partial garments.
By pushing the boundaries of wool’s natural properties, the pair behind Solidwool created an entirely new construction material. Both practical and environmentally-friendly, the tough, smooth substance is ideal for crafting elegant furniture and homewares. Comprised of coarse fibres sheared from upland sheep breeds, including Herdwick and Scottish Blackface, Solidwool is helping to revive the fortunes of one of England’s traditional wool manufacturing towns.
The science of sleep
Falling asleep faster may now be easier than you think, and whilst it doesn’t involve actually counting sheep, it does involve wearing wool. Scientific studies have tested the sleep of both older and younger adults and found that wool helps keep the body in the "thermal comfort zone" most conducive to restful sleep. When wearing Merino wool, older adults are falling asleep at least 10 minutes faster than when wearing other fibres, and younger adults are getting at least four minutes extra sleep in wool, than if wearing other fibres.
Shoot: Masseria Moments
Denise Lithgow Designs wool pot; MCM House wooden chair, dining table and chair; Città wool blanket; Great Dane Furniture sheepskin throw; Alex and Trahanas ceramics; Oon wool cushions, vase and bowl; Ondene black ceramic bowl; Emily Ziz wool cushions; Jardan wool throw; Knitpro needles and yarn, from Cast Off Collective.
Little Dandelion knitted wool bowl, from Cast Off Collective.
MCM House timber bench; Little Dandelion woven wool bowl, from Cast Off Collective; Denise Lithgow Designs spiral wool vessels; Tammy Kanat ‘Sunrays’ wool tapestry.
Ligne Roset wool armchair, from Domo; Città wool throw.
Little Dandelion woven wool bowl, from Cast Off Collective; MCM House ‘Joe’ bed; In Bedsheets and pillowcases; Cittàtassel and long cushion; Ronel Jordaan wool pebble cushion; Jardan wool blanket; Cast Off Collective knitted wool throw.
Alex and Trahanas plates; Oon knitted wool bowl and cushion.
Crossing Threads wool wall hanging.
Denise Lithgow Designs wool pot; MCM House wooden chair, dining table and chair; Citta wool blanket; Great Dane Furniture sheepskin throw; Alex and Trahanas ceramics; Oon wool cushions, vase and bowl; Emily Ziz wool cushions; Jardan wool throw; Knitpro needles and yarn.
“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.”