Fashioning Felt at Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt Exterior

I hiked it up to the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum yesterday to see the Fashioning Felt exhibit.

There were some pretty interesting and beautiful pieces. Of course they displayed the usual clothing, furniture, bowls, and the ever popular felt rocks.

Molo Felted Rocks

I love this picture of Christien Meindertsma making her Flocks Pouf

Christien Meindertsma Flocks Pouf

Look at the size of those needles!

My favorite pieces were the more unusual installations:

Faucet with felt water

Felted Water
Sorry I didn't catch the name of the artist
Created by Janice Arnold. See below for some great comments from the artist!

Janice Arnold's Palace Yurt

Palace Yurt by Janice Arnold West Entrance
West entrance to the conservatory

Palace Yurt by Janice Arnold ceiling
Conservatory ceiling

Palace Yurt by Janice Arnold North Exit
North exit

The Palace Yurt is a really spectacular installation located in the museum's conservatory. Janice Arnold was inspired by the conservatory's structural similarity to a yurt. She details the design process further on the Cooper Hewitt blog. There are also pictures of the construction process on her website. If I had a conservatory, sunroom, or any room with a lot of windows I'd love to drape it in JA's creation. The material and soft light create a very relaxing cocoon.

The Fashioning Felt exhibit will be on display until September 7th.

Cooper Hewitt is open Mon–Fri 10–5, Sat 10-6, and Sun 12-6.
Regular admission is $15 or $10 for students and senior citizens; children under 12 are admitted free.
The Museum is located on 91st btwn Central park and Madison Ave.

If you can wait to go until May or June the garden will be open. Or even better you could just go again :)


  1. The "facet with felt water" is part of my Palace Yurt installation. It is my homage to fiber and water both of which are essential items in felt making. The hummingbird spigot caught my eye on the first visit to the conservatory,several years ago. I am an avid fan of hummingbirds in my native NW environment. Glad you enjoyed the installation.
    Hope you will leave your comments on the museum blog as well.

  2. Thanks for your comment Janice! I really like how you've integrated your pieces into the space. I'll be sure to comment on the museum blog :)