The Wool Challenge: Papertowns Design Studio's Wool Rugby Ball

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our design community's brilliance. Admittedly, we also get a twisted sort of pleasure out of making our annual design challenge harder and harder each year – but that’s because we want to ensure the community continues to think outside the box. Thanks to our friends at Icebreaker, we sent out a box of very raw wool fibre to some talented humans in a range of design disciplines and tasked them with recreating an everyday object using wool. Here’s what Papertowns Design Studio up with – a Wool Rugby Ball. 

"Organic, earthy, and Kiwi. The Wool Rugby Ball combines kiwiana with wool, reflecting the essence of New Zealand’s natural resources within our national sport. Over 155,000 people in New Zealand are registered to play rugby competitively, and it’s hard to find a kiwi family without a rugby ball at home. We’ve felted wool to replace plastic ball skins, with natural lanolin oils within the wool acting as a waterproof layer."


Designers: Glenn Catchpole.

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