Felt Rocks

December 9, 2009
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Recycled-wool sculptural rocks

Molo design’s Felt Rocks are part discovery, part invention. In their raw form, they are lumps of felt formed as a byproduct in the industrial process of making felt-polishing wheels for optical lenses. Small bits of wool fluff gather felt fiber, growing like snowballs as they tumble around in a big drum with the polishing wheels. Each wool fiber is a tiny hollow tube with burred sides. With steam and pressure during the felting process, these little hollow tubes become entangled with each other and form a strong bond without glues or binders. Like rocks formed by the tumbling action of a river, each piece takes on a unique shape. The pieces are selected, processed, and finished through to the final product.

Contact: Molo Design Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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