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,” exactly what she did when she produced her award-winning Raybowl, introduced in 1997. The first design from her studio, Chilewich, it consisted of a simple wire steel frame covered in stretchy power mesh. Chilewich already knew a thing or two about stretchy fabric: With Kathy Moskal in 1978, she co-founded legwear company HUE – a wildly successful endeavor that they eventually sold before forging out on their own in 1994.
Chilewich continued experimenting with natural and synthetic materials, pushing their physical and functional limits. Leveraging the success of Raybowl, she moved on to create a completely new design material. In 2000, she introduced floor mats, placemats and totes made from her proprietary woven vinyl. Soft and flexible yet extremely sturdy, the material, which she dubbed “plynyl,” was the result of an intensive research process. “The durability of this extruded yarn, the intrinsic sheen of the material, its tremendous design versatility, and the fact that it is washable inspired me then and continues to inspire me today,” explains Chilewich. It won her the coveted Editor’s Award at the 2001 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and solidified her career. Read more >