Over the years, Sandy Chilewich has expanded her tabletop collection with both natural and synthetic materials in varied textures and colors. Today she continues to redefine how people dress their dining spaces around the world with her innovative textiles. Her fun and refreshing Bouclé Placemats (2013) feature a very rich texture that provides visual interest without being too dominant. Chilewich’s motivation behind the design was a desire to represent the luxury of fine knitwear in a woven textile that was cleanable, durable and sustainable. These mats are created from TerraStrand, an eco-friendly material that eschews petroleum-based compounds in favor of renewable vegetable-based ones that are phthalate-free. Wash by hand with soap and water. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Made in U.S.A.
According to Sandy Chilewich, one of her biggest motivators is to create "a new function from something familiar," which is exactly what she did with her award-winning Raybowls. Made from a simple steel frame covered in a stretch fabric derived from her previous endeavor, co-founding the highly successful leg wear company HUE, the soft and flexible Raybowls bring a refreshing and fashionable function to the traditional table and showcase Chilewich's talent for looking beyond the obvious.
Trained as an artist, Chilewich began experimenting with natural and synthetic materials by pushing their physical and functional limits. With the success of the Raybowls, Chilewich moved on to transform the modern floor surface. Her new line of floor coverings, called Plynyl, is a woven vinyl surface that is soft, flexible, yet extremely sturdy and washable. The result of an intensive research process, Plynyl won Chilewich the coveted Editors Award at the 2001 International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Inspired by new technologies and innovative applications of materials, Chilewich has truly brought something new to the table, and now to the floor. Read more >