Have you ever dreamed about curling up in front of the fire–with a glass of wine and that special someone–on a gorgeous polar bear rug? Don’t worry–we’re not suddenly supporting the hunting of these majestic Arctic beasts. If you look closely, you’ll see that this polar bear rug from Fabrica isn’t an actual pelt. Instead, it’s made using salvaged materials from the textile industry in Guatemala. Keep reading to learn more about this unique design company and how they created this recycled home furnishing.
Based in the historical heart of Guatemala City, Fabrica is a small multidisciplinary design studio that seeks to discover and use the abundance of situations, materials and ideas that are found everywhere in the city. Their recycled polar bear rug is a perfect example of this ingenuity that we spotted during Wanted Design 2014 in New York City this week.
The rug is made from guiape, the Spanish word for cotton waste. The designers seek out leftover spools of the cotton thread from local factories and string them together to make cool recycled designs. In addition to the polar bear rug, Fabrica is also known for its Seat Ball (a fabric street football that doubles as a chair), the Pouf made from recycled tires, and scrap wood incense holders.