Michael Garman

Felt Wall is a 9” diameter tear drop shaped wall tile made of natural 1/2” thick wool felt.  Designed primarily to provide sound absorption, felt wall tile allows for small half circle shelves, planters, and other elements to be fit inside its loop.  Felt Wall tile can have a dual use as an acoustic felt tile and as a book shelf or a green wall or in multiple other ways.  I am designing a system in which designed elements can be added.

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Michael Garman is both the mind and hands behind the boutique design firm Garman Furniture. He creates each prototype in his studio outside of Houston Texas– believing that “Furniture should be lived with and interacted with,” he says. “It should be something you want to touch and kick your feet up on – a piece of interactive art. ”

Garman honed his artistic eye while earning degrees in fine art and architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He believes that creating furniture is the perfect balance between art and architecture.  Sometimes simple is just better. Garman Furniture pays homage to basic geometric shapes, seamless surfaces and clean finishes — celebrating natural beauty, fine craftsmanship and contemporary design.  Each design is hand crafted by founder Michael Garman using natural woods and materials that are low in formaldehyde and VOC, a testament to the company’s commitment to the environment.

Garman’s first furniture design, Bnch, was recognized as “Best Prototype” at the 2009 International Design Show in Toronto, and recently won best Prototype for his felt drop mirror at IDS 2015 in Toronto.  He continues to build a portfolio of dynamic furniture – each piece representing a new concept for contemporary living.

“I design what I want to design, what I think is awesome, my hope is that my awesome is your awesome too.”