Italian-born, Stockholm-based designer Lorenzo Polo explores the application of felt as more than a simple accent material
Felt’s woolly softness and surprising strength makes it the perfect textile for furniture design. But felt rarely gets the glory, often playing second string to other materials. Stockholm-based designer Lorenzo Polo decided to change the game and bring felt to the forefront.
Sponsored by the Danish textile giant Kvadrat, Feltology turns the textile into something more. By adding resin, the felt becomes a rigid material. Several layers are glued together and then cut to reveal an artificial geography that resembles layers of sediment or perhaps replicates the rings of wood.
Although currently a prototype, the lamps presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair are just one example of the potential applications of the technique that could turn felt into a predominant material.