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Discover Germany | Design | HEY-SIGN
Fitting stylish crafts into everyday life Contemporary, stylish and uncontrived, Germany’s HEY-SIGN are designers in the truest sense of the word. They adhere faithfully to the glorious heritage of wool felt, their chosen material, while creating timeless furnishings and accessories for homes and retail spaces. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE I PHOTOS: HEY-SIGN, REIMUND BRAUN
Based near Düsseldorf in a town called Meerbusch, Bernadette Ehmanns and Mathias Hey specialise in wool felt designs and the pair have spent close to two decades carving a niche for wool felt in the homeware market by actively addressing the technical potential of felt cutting. An age-old natural material that is sustainable, versatile and welcome in any home, all of their products are designed and handcrafted in Germany with 100 per cent natural, high-quality wool felt.
the brand, which gives each item a timeless form and feel.
An unusual material choice for some, but one that makes complete sense as it is naturally soft, sound absorbing and, in the words of HEY-SIGN, one that bestows a “positive impact on the atmosphere”. It is not hard to see why either. As each stylishly minimal product is available in 50 different colours, there is a simplicity engrained in
But aside from home and retail space furnishings, HEY-SIGN deftly designs stylish bags, vases that would not be out of place on the pages of any high-end design magazine and plush felt cushion covers. Having long recognised the boundless possibilities with wool felt, the pair welcome the opportunity to expand their creativity with
Top: Paravent Wave (left) Paravent Flow (middle) Paravent Toern (right) Below: Felt vase ENYA
tailor-made projects and one-off designs. Indeed, their wool felt designs are testament to the fact that one single material choice does not limit your horizons, and there is always going to be a space for felt in our world. www.hey-sign.de
January 2016 saw the launch of more select products including the delicate room partition FLOW, whose light and transparent form gently divides a space into two as well as the all-new, freestanding TOERN screen. Moreover, the award-winning acoustic screen WAVE, a firm favourite with interior designers, has been enlarged to feature additional space elements.
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