I’ve been in love with Haptic Lab from the moment I first saw a beautiful Soft-Map of Brooklyn, my former home. Brooklyn is also the home of Haptic Lab, founded by Emily Fischer, a Brooklyn-based architect and designer. She began making the Soft-Maps in 2002, inspired by the quilts of her mother who was also loosing her eyesight at the time, as an “academic experiment in tactile wayfinding”. Haptic refers to “the sense of touch that includes the entire body, inside and out; it is also the mechanism we employ to situate our bodies in space, feeling the world around us.” Haptic is tactile, inspiring the senses, as do these gorgeous Soft-Maps.
Currently available as readymade Baby Quilts ($145.00) in several designs, featuring maps from places that also inspire the senses, the imagination and dreams, perfect to inspire your baby or yourself. The baby quilts are great to decorate your child’s room or as a perfect playmat that offers so much more than just a soft spot to play. These are produced locally using a novel combination of machine and hand-stitching methods. Each readymade quilt is produced in collaboration with master quilter Ruth Miner of Stamford, Connecticut of 100% cotton and is machine washable. These quilts are 42” x 36” quilt is custom printed and hand-knotted,and available in three colorways. Quilts may also be hand-embroidered with your child’s name and up to 3 special locations (customization will add extra lead time). Readymade cities include Brooklyn, Washington DC and Boston. Another readymade option is the fabulous Central Park Quilt ($195.00), a bit larger at 42” x 60”, custom printed and hand-knotted, pale green/gray color combo with a high-loft wool backing. This one is great for a picnic or for a warmer blanket when cuddling up.
It’s the Custom Soft-Maps that will really capture your attention. These can be created in cotton and silk with your choice of scale, size or location: zoom in on a spot you want to remember or pull out to cover a country you dream about. The world is at your disposal. Each Custom Soft-Map is quilted and embroidered by hand in Brooklyn, can take over 200 hours to create and is a true work of art. These are a beautiful way to commemorate a special location in your life and display it in a way that you can experience and appreciate each day. Choose your hometown, your wedding location, a city you love to visit or one you dream of traveling to one day.
A new option is Haptic’s collaboration with Mjölk Homme. At Mjölk you will find versions of the Central Park Quilt for New York, Paris and London and the very cool felt appliques offered with a wildcat, bear or fox design. These are available as throw sized quilts or duvets. Prices for the Haptic/Mjölk start at $400.00. Be sure to look through the details of the quilts for Mjölk to see some great shots of the Haptic Lab studio and the quilts being created on the quilting loom.
Please visit the Haptic Lab website to see all of the details, ore images and information on Haptic’s other projects which include custom kites, public art installations and, of course, architecture. You can also see Emily’s kite making tutorial at Instructables or read an interview in ReadyMade about how all of found its way into being.