index color-blocked wool felt and cork wall covering

Submaterial created a custom version of our Index Color Blocked wool felt and cork wallcovering for our Canadian client Imperial Oil. The tiles were enlarged to 12″ H x 24″ W and the stripe orientation became horizontal instead of vertical. Since the material needed to be tackable, we increased the backing thickness to a full ¼”.

spring newsletter 2014

Options – Did you know our popular Wall Panel 067 is available in 26 shades of Spring? We love this rich, red-orange piece completed for a recent Los Angeles residential project. You can also choose from bright greens, yellows and blues to add punch to interior walls while softening harsh acoustics. Like all our designs, Wall Panel 067 is easy to customize. Mix colors, color-block or create embedded patterns, or select our Wall Panel 068 for a refined laminated color edge.

Commercial Project – For the Pearl District Marriott Residence Inn project Becca Dobosh of SERA Architects in Portland, Oregon contacted us to create a custom variation of our Index wallcoverings. Borrowing the height variations from Index Dimensional and the width and linearity of Index WIDE, these sleek wool felt and cork tiles averaged 18” H x 40” W and were installed using a clay-based heavy duty wallcovering adhesive.

Arranged in vertical courses like our Index WIDE, and using only a single color, the effect is serene and adds acoustic softening to this dining area. The accent strips which stand higher than the rest of the wool felt tile face are dramatically highlighted by the placement of the lighting. All our wallcovering products come pre-trimmed and ready to install with complete and detailed instructions. We can even offer custom edge-trims and solutions for wrapping crisply around corners.

Donations – Although we are always working to create more efficient and waste-free processes in creating our products, it is inevitable that over the course of the year we accumulate a significant volume of post-manufacturing scraps of wool felt, leather and cork. Every year Submaterial donates a great deal of this scrap material to schools and programs for children. Are you aware of a school or program that could benefit from this material? Please let us know so we can share with your community too!

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in the studio 4.18.14

We’ve had a lot of fun working on this wall panel 067 for one of our Los Angeles clients. This shot is an early process shot before the vertical tabs are in place. Matt looks like a giant!

The tabs are aligned horizontally creating an alternating linear pattern. We may have to explore this more…

The underlying geometry starts to show through from this angle. This would make a perfect display rack for your Hummel figurines!

With the vertical tabs in place, the strong grid-like pattern dominates!

The finished piece is styled for photography and we’ll be sharing this image on the website soon. We’ll be shipping this piece later today!

winter newsletter 2014

Explorations – Winter in the high desert can be brutally cold and drab despite the ever-present sunshine. Driven indoors, the Submaterial studio has been finding inspiration in materials we don’t often get a chance to work with.  Recently, a return client requested a custom wood panel for their residence in Austin, TX. It so happened that Submaterial had some beautiful American black walnut in storage, and we’d been looking for an opportunity to use it for some time.  This material was originally collected as urban salvage scrap from furniture manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest, and it has been hidden away in the corners of our studio for several years.

The custom wood panel we created was assembled from dozens of face and end grain sections. The variety of heights and hollows made for a very sculptural surface, and the composition was laid out with an eye toward balance. A light Danish oil finish was applied to enhance the beauty and warmth of the wood. To reduce weight, the walnut surface was constructed over a hollow plywood panel which also allowed room for an integrated hanging cleat. It was a very enjoyable exploration for the studio and we look forward to doing some similar work in the future.

Commercial Projects – This dramatic Index WIDE panel was selected by New York–based designer Mark Deserf for the Seventh Avenue showroom of a popular women’s wear design label. A bold colorway in many shades of gray wool felt was chosen by the client and the strong lines definitely add to the imposing scale of the piece. At 6’ H x 7’ W the panel was designed and fabricated in two sections which could be easily and seamlessly assembled on-site. This modular quality of many Submaterial designs helps reduce the cost of shipping and makes for an easier installation. Complete instructions and hardware are provided for every project.

Staff – Submaterial is growing and we are very glad to welcome three new fabrication studio assistants to our team. Each of them brings their own special blend of talents and interests to the work, and we are anticipating a year of fantastic projects. Welcome Matt, Ayla and Joe!

In our upcoming spring newsletter we’ll be sharing some great images of recent commercial installations and introducing some new products to our panel line-up. See you after the thaw!

fall newsletter 2013

Customizable Design – One of the most important design features of Submaterial products is the adaptability built into everything we create. By allowing designers to modify not only colors and materials but also dimensions and scale, our work can be transformed to suit any environment. Canadian client Artkonstrukt recently chose to modify our Wall Panel 069 by selecting an off-white shade of vegetable-tanned cow hide instead of the usual recycled leather composite. This new material was thicker and more rigid, dictating a change of scale to our basic design. More than 1250 hand-cut leather parts were assembled to create this eye-catching geometric wall panel. The forms are stronger and more architectural than our typical design, with a deep, sculptural surface. The muted sheen of the leather adds another layer of visual interest.

In a similar fashion, one of our residential clients asked us to scale up the size of the standard tiles for our Wall Hanging 042. By increasing their tile size to over 13 inches square, the client was able to use a thick wool felt in a color they loved for the surface – an option which would not have worked with the smaller standard tile.

Commercial Project – For the new Quicken corporate offices at 1001 Woodward in Detroit, designer Andrea Glos of Hamilton Anderson Architects specified our Index Dimensional wool felt and cork wall covering. The vibrant greens and magenta accents were composed randomly on the wall surfaces to striking effect. Index Dimensional cuts and installs easily, and you can even get a crisp outside corner where needed. You can see the 26 available colors for Index Dimensional as part of the color library now integrated into our website.


Press – Thanks so much to Interior Design Magazine for featuring our new Index WIDE wall covering in the 2013 Fall Market Tabloid. With Index WIDE you can now create a bold and sculptural felt wall installation faster and easier than ever. The larger 12” H x 36” W size of Index WIDE makes for quicker coverage and we offer custom widths up to 42”. The height variation between the wool felt stripes brings a strong linear and dimensional quality to the design. Apply directly to the wall using heavy duty wall covering adhesive. Choose from one of 26 monochrome colors, or work with us to create your own unique colorway with over 60 colors to select from.