Gorgeous mats from hand-cut paper
For anyone looking to jazz up a naked floor or doorstep, we've got good news: Domestic Construction's paper-inspired rugs, which toe the line between indoor carpet and outdoor mat, and are like no ground covering we've ever seen.
Trish Anderson and Maureen Walsh, the ladies behind the Brooklyn-based design studio, got their start crafting retail installations for big-time stores and catalogues. But they soon realized their creations--made from found objects, fabric swatches and scraps of paper--were equally well-suited to houses and apartments. And so the Grounded series ($98 to $280) was born.
Walsh and Anderson begin each mat by constructing a large paper mosaic, a puzzle-like assembly of vibrantly colored, hand-cut paper bits that are woven together. Next, they snap a photo of the layout and, using a jumbo ink-jet printer, transpose the image onto a polyester-blend mat with a cushy, rubber backing.
The result: a totally unique rug that's machine-washable, skid-proof (i.e., kid- and high heel-friendly) and looks just like the original paper masterpiece--folds, shadows and creases included.
Want something a little more personal? The duo also makes bespoke creations (based on your color and size preferences).