They were on bicycles when inspiration struck Paul Ketz and Dilara Yesilova. Last spring, the Paul Ketz Studio founder and his girlfriend, also a designer, were on a trail in Yesilova’s native Turkey when, taking a break to catch their breath, they noticed, “It was like nature was waking up,” Ketz recalls. “We were surrounded by grasslands and wildflower fields and thought that we could translate that scenery into a furnishings context.”
Back in Ketz’s Cologne, Germany, studio is where Springtime Carpet blossomed. “Furniture for sitting or lying down is usually clearly defined,” Yesilova says, “but our object mixes the properties of a daybed, a rug, and a huge cushion.” Knotted to a round wool-felt ground are hundreds of 1 1/2-inch-diameter foam extrusions. Most are upholstered in lime-green cotton-viscose, but there are occasional red and yellow ones that represent blossoms. When lounged upon, the foam spheres cradle the user and gently decompress like the blades of grass in a lush meadow. Fittingly, the piece is available come spring.