Jennifer Gonzales

Vintage Swiss Army Blankets Reborn as Cozy Housewares

by , 11/05/10

green interior design, green furniture, green home decor, recycled furniture design, recycled textiles, army blankets

The Swiss Army need no longer be known only for knives. Swiss company Deken (the Dutch word for “blanket”) takes mint condition Swiss Army blankets and repurposes them into modern homewares such as cushions, footstools, and carrier bags. Made of pure sheep’s wool and individually marked with the maker’s initials and year of production, each blanket is a unique and beautiful historical artifact.

green interior design, green furniture, green home decor, recycled furniture design, recycled textiles, army blankets

The Swiss army ceased producing the blankets at the end of the 1960s, so Deken founders Kirsten Hovenier and Mikée Westerling must constantly scour the country for yet to be discovered lots. The beauty of the blankets lies not only in their utilitarian heritage, but also in the subtle variations in color and production developed over time. We love the contrast between the cozy wool texture and the graphic white cross on red stripe adopted from the Swiss flag. We also love the way a well-designed object can reinvent itself over and over again.

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3 Comments

  1. Ginny January 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I’m interested in the Deken products – square pillow and blanket information. I can’t tell if you are providing information or actually carry the product for retail sale. If you don’t carry the product to sell do you know who does? I’m look for pricing and ordering information.

    thanks – Ginny

  2. 9 Green Guy Essentials ... November 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    [...] the worst Jack Frost has to offer. All of the wool used in each jacket is reclaimed from Italian army blankets, and the completed coat is bolstered with all the bells and whistles: a quilted lining, storm flap, [...]

  3. jillyt November 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Making money again…

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