In 2018, Kathryn Walter taught a course at Ryerson's School of Interior Design (RSID), introducing students to the material and culture of felt, and leading an opportunity for students to create a permanent installation of a felt wall in the University's library through a class competition. Students worked in teams to prepare prototypes and presentation panels that were reviewed with fellow students, the client (members of the Library staff) and the architect of the recent Library renovation (Valerie Gow of Gow Hastings Architects).
"Cosine" the proposal by Valeria Gulia and Adriana Lychacz was the project selected, and fabricated in panels at the FELT studio by the designers and their peers Alexis Domagas, Sorrah Han, Georgina Maghari, Amy Shim, Candace Thompson and Katrina Zeng led by Kathryn Walter. It was installed in May 2018 with lights provided by the Library.
“Cosine” takes the specificity of the Library site into consideration using the form of waves to represent the idea that knowledge is in a constant state of flux. The material is used effectively to shape soft forms that appear to bulge from the surface. A contrasting red felt, formed in smaller waves, is seen only upon closer look beneath each undulation. Almost body-like, this warm interior wall offers a striking balance to the building’s surrounding concrete structure.
This project was sponsored by FELT studio, Interior Felt Inc.
Review of students' proposals with architects Valerie Gow (centre) and Library staff Bob Jackson and Sonny Banargee
LEFT: site before
RIGHT: Valeria and Adriana during installation