GOOD

Lichen Studio: Felt Never Felt So Good

Lichen Studio's transforming the classic fabric with innovative designs, including jewelery, lighting, and bowls.

Brandon Perhacs wants to change the way people think about felt. The Bainbridge Island, Washington-based artist behind Lichen Studio uses the ancient textile to create everything from bowls to lighting fixtures. "I'm fascinated with the fact that it's the oldest fabric known to man," said Perhacs. "I like the idea of using the felt, a soft material, in ways that people normally wouldn't think of it being used."


Indeed, Perhacs's work stretches narrow thinking about what felt can create, freeing the fabric from its often mundane role as violin case liner. His best-selling product is the eweCUFF, a chunky bracelet that cinches around willing wrists with a magnet for a clasp. His eweBOL (pictured above), a new product that's currently unavailable online, is a "modular snap-together felt bowl." Use if for "bread, fruit, or wear it as a hat," says Perhacs. He's even created a prototype for a felt lighting fixture. Perhacs crafts all his products with 100 percent Merino wool felt imported from Germany.

Perhacs launched Lichen three years ago and divided his time between studios in San Diego and Bainbridge Island. While he originally started his artistic career doing metal fabrication, machining, and custom furniture–skills he developed during a stint at Southern California's Art Center College of Design–he got excited about the possibilities of product design after playing architect for his parent's home in Bainbridge Island in 2004, where he currently houses his studio and gallery.

From December 11 to 12, Perhacs will be showing off his felt and other goods, at Unique LA's Third Annual Holiday Show in downtown Los Angeles (GOOD will be hanging out there as well. Read about that partnership here). In addition to his felt bowls and bracelets, look out for Perhacs's repositionable magnetic vases, jewelry made from PaperStone (an eco-friendly material derived from from recycled paper and cashew shell resin), and modular magnetic necklaces.

And check out this cool video of Lichen's Adaption vase, which allows the owner to customize the angels of the flowers.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEib_vbEbVk&feature=player_embedded

GOOD is partnering with Unique LA for its Third Annual Holiday Show in Downtown Los Angeles from December 11 to 12. This post is the first in a series highlighting our favorite vendors at that event. Buy pre-sale tickets to receive a discounted subscription to GOOD Magazine.

Articles
via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics

There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

Keep Reading Show less
test
Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

Keep Reading Show less
Health

Villagers rejoice as they receive the first vaccines ever delivered via drone in the Congo

The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.

Photo by Henry Sempangi Senyule

When we discuss barriers to healthcare in the developed world, affordability is commonly the biggest concern. But for some in the developing world, physical distance and topography can be the difference between life and death.

Widjifake, a hard-to-reach village in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a population of 6,500, struggles with having consistent access to healthcare supplies due to the Congo River and its winding tributaries.

It can take up to three hours for vehicles carrying supplies to reach the village.

Keep Reading Show less
Health
via Keith Boykin / Twitter

Fox News and President Trump seem like they may be headed for a breakup. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be," Trump told reporters in August after one of the network's polls found him trailing for Democrats in the 2020 election.

"There's something going on at Fox, I'll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it," he continued.

Some Fox anchors have hit back at the president over his criticisms. "Well, first of all, Mr. President, we don't work for you," Neil Cavuto said on the air. "I don't work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you."

Keep Reading Show less
Politics