Sandy Chilewich’s latest placemats echo irregular modern shapes of popular mid-century space-age design. Not quite circular, not quite square, the Abstract Lounge Placemats (2012) are made from Chilewich’s lightweight and easy-to-maintain woven vinyl. After co-founding the successful HUE hosiery company with Kathy Moskal, Chilewich experimented with different fibers until she stumbled upon this woven vinyl, which would become her signature textile. All Chilewich products have a long lifespan, which she says “helps the user reduce both energy use and costs while maintaining a sophisticated and modern aesthetic.” Sold in a set of four. 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 >