Several years ago, Ingrid Jansen created a most individual stool for herself using recycled wood and crocheted wool. Then a friend wanted one. And then another. Pretty soon this Dutch designer expanded to other products, all variations of wood and wool: crocheted garlands, blankets, pillows and coat hangers, wooden signs and trees. And before she knew it, Wood and Wool products were being shipped worldwide.
It’s the kind of grass-roots story I love to hear. One lone person making something so personal that it turns out to resonate with thousands.
In particular what speaks to me about Ingrid’s work is the surprising mix of materials: scabrous wood scraps with precious bits of crocheted wool. It’s like Grandma and Grandpa’s workshops collided to create something wholly unexpected. This coupling sets up an intriguing texture contrast which makes even her most subdued pieces pulse with life.
But I love the absolute unabashed bursts of color in much of her crocheted pieces, especially when paired with the subtle pastels of her woodwork. As we saw in Chikuwa’s pad, these bright patterns can be the perfect complement in the minimal home.
Whatever your palette, I’m pretty sure that there is something in Wood and Wool’s prolific collection to match it. You want autumnal oranges, rosy pastels, whites, blacks, greens or yellows, Ingrid’s done it. Going through her flickr page is a veritable feast for the eyes, and it’s nearly impossible to pick just one favorite.
But whichever one of Ingrid’s wood and/or wool creations you choose, it’s guaranteed to be a conversation piece. Because each is utterly original – beautiful – and no two are alike.
All photos copyright Ingrid Jansen. Used with permission of the artist.
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