Fall Newsletter 2015

23 November 2015 |

Commercial Projects

Working with Rand Construction, designer Justin Fosbenner at Washington DC-based OTJ Architects specified our Figure no. 2 wall covering for their client Altus Group in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The custom combination of a neutral gray with a striking heathered blue made for a dramatic and sound-softening feature wall for this client, and we are excited to see how designers are customizing our products. You can view more images of this installation here.

Commercial Project – Radon Construction

Commercial Project – Radon Construction

The Figure series of wool felt and cork wall coverings is scaled large for whole-room impact with graphic, organic patterns and tactile dimension. Each pattern in the series has multiple installation variations, expanding the pattern options for each design. With Figure no. 1 fluid lines move sinuously to repeat over a large area. Figure no. 2 is bold and geometric, providing a strong architectural element. Choose from more than 60 colors of commercial quality wool felt and – because each piece is assembled by hand – we are able to offer custom color-blocking and composition options. Each cork-backed 12×24 section consists of one pattern element in 5mm and 2mm felt. Combining the sections creates a noise-softening surface with both linear and dimensional features.



In the first weeks of September 2015 Submaterial associate Emily Howe journeyed to Green River, Utah to participate in the annual Melon Days celebration. Emily was there as a member of a Frontier Fellowship artist in residence group sponsored by multidisciplinary arts organization the Epicenter. As the recipient of an earlier Fellowship in 2012, Emily had been wanting to return to Green River to work on a larger, collaborative arts project.

Green River, Melon Days

Green River is known for its melons, and the annual Melon Days celebration is a fun-filled and well-attended community event. Working with fellow collaborators Jordan Gulaskey and Phil Dagostino, Emily created a float using wool felt scraps over a reclaimed wood structure and powered by bicycle. The resulting float definitely embraced the event’s theme of “whatever floats your melon.” For an excellent photo essay of the Melon Days event, visit this Frontier Fellows of the Epicenter posting.



Speaking of high-quality post-production wool felt scraps, we’ve accumulated quite a bit during the past busy year and we’d love to share with school programs, artists, designers or anyone with an interesting story to tell.


If we can share your story of how the scraps were utilized with images of the completed project, we’ll be glad to ship them wherever they are most needed. Get in touch!