In May, the Minneapolis-based design collaborative Blu Dot added its first collection of rugs to the company’s line of modern furnishings. Cush and Dash are both made of New Zealand wool with a cotton canvas backing; Cush is twisted to create a thick, pillowy shag and Dash has the texture of a chunky braid. Last Newspaper, made of recycled newspaper wrapped in cotton, gives me one more reason to hope that print news survives. Both Cush and Dash come in 6’x9′, 9’x9′, and 9’x12′ sizes; Last Newspaper in 4’x6′, 6’x9′, and 9’x9′ sizes. Prices range from $999 to $1799 for Cush, $749 to $1499 for Dash, and $149 to $399 for Last Newspaper. To take a closer look, visit Blu Dot’s retail store at 140 Wooster Street in New York City or visit their site.
I love felt — it’s warm and comforting but it can also be sophisticated and modern. That’s why I was so drawn to this charming line of felt textiles by award-winning British designer Selina Rose. For her line, Rose has created intricately cut felt accessories and custom interior surfaces including throws, rugs, acoustic wall panels, window treatments, and table runners, to name a few. All of the products are made in the U.K. of 100% wool felt and colored using environmentally-friendly dyes. If you plan to be at 100% Design London in September, you can check out her new line of Leila wall panels made of sustainably-sourced wool and acoustic foam made from recycled glass bottles. In 2009 Rose launched her exclusive collection for the English home design store Heal’s. For those outside of England, products can be purchased online and will be shipped directly to customers worldwide. For prices and ordering info, visit her site.