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During a residency in Fay Billot, a village in the French countryside, designer Marine Hunot worked with rattan and wicker basket craftsman on a project called Ilot (French for ‘island’). The result is a rug that combines two materials – wicker and felt.

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You wouldn’t expect to find those two materials together in one object, much less a rug, with its carefully braided rattan center and the way it connects the felt pieces.

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The project was made possible by la Drac Champagne Ardennes, l’Orcca, and the réseau champ’art.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.