More de­sign­ers are turn­ing to­wards soft, cosy and ul­tra- com­fort­ing shear­ling.

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Shear­ling has been trend­ing in the past cou­ple of years, mostly in the form of state­ment au­tumn and win­ter jack­ets. Re­cently, though, in­te­rior de­sign­ers have started to em­brace this warm and cud­dly fab­ric for up­hol­stery pur­poses.

Lon­don-based in­te­rior de­sign out­fit El­naz Na­maki Stu­dio has just launched Lu­una, a col­lec­tion of hyggein­spired pieces that use shear­ling as the core ma­te­rial. (Hygge, a Dan­ish word re­fer­ring to a qual­ity of cosi­ness, is one of sev­eral pop­u­lar, con­tent­menten­cour­ag­ing Scan­di­na­vian lifephi­los­o­phy buzz­words.)

Think clas­si­cal mid-cen­tury so­fas, benches and even ot­tomans, all dressed in sheep’s cloth­ing. Shear­ling was cho­sen, thanks to its in­cred­i­ble soft­ness, its con­nec­tion to na­ture, and its al­ler­gen-free char­ac­ter­is­tics.

It’s no won­der that even well­nes­sob­sessed ac­tress-en­tre­pre­neur Gwyneth Pal­trow is try­ing to ped­dle it: The Goop founder re­cently col­lab­o­rated with fur­ni­ture com­pany CB2 to cre­ate a spe­cial edi­tion chair swathed in shear­ling. Nat­u­rally, all 40 au­to­graphed pieces have been snapped up. Be­sides shear­ling, but­tery suede and fuzzy cor­duroy have also gained pop­u­lar­ity of late. Not the sex­i­est of fab­rics by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, but seek­ing com­fort and cosi­ness seems to have be­come of para­mount im­por­tance to­day. The scary ques­tion is, when did we start need­ing all this buffer­ing? When did the world we live in feel so crazy and un­safe? Ques­tions worth pon­der­ing as we scan the daily head­lines – with its pro­fu­sion of gloom and doom – from the com­fort­ing safety of our snug­gly spa­ces.

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