Studio/seminar "On Felt" School of Interior Design, Ryerson University

This course led by Kathryn Walter introduced students to the material and culture of felt. Walter provided an opportunity for her 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 by peers, 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. It was 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, and was installed in with lighting 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.

LEFT: Review of students' proposals with architects Valerie Gow (centre) and Library staff Bob Jackson and Sonny Banargee

RIGHT: students fabricated Cosine at the FELT studio

LEFT: site before

RIGHT: Valeria and Adriana during installation