ISSUE 35  |  The Organized Life

A Warm Welcome: Modernist Doormats

September 05, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Justine Hand

Finally, a doormat modernists can love.

So many natural fiber floor mats are muted and plain, or decidedly nautical in flavor. For design purists who want to provide a warmer welcome, Umbra Studio has come out with two lively options. Created by Hlynur Atlason, an Icelandic designer based in New York City, the mats feature simple yet bold Josef Albers-style geometrics in complementary colors. They are handwoven from abaca, a natural plant fiber that is moisture- and odor-resistant, and measure 30 by 18 inches.

Photographs via Steven Alan.

Above: Featuring an abstract aerial view of a swimming pool, Umbra Shift’s Above Home Floor Mat in Yellow is $90 at Steven Alan. (Other retailers also carry the mats, including Umbra.) 

Above: Umbra Shift’s Above Home Floor Mat in Green is patterned with a bird’s-eye view of a backyard; $90 at Steven Alan.

Above: Part of what makes the mats so appealing is the winning combination of contemporary hues with soft, natural fibers. 

Roll out the welcome with more of our favorite Contemporary Doormats. Want more vivid geometrics at home? See Fashion Forward: Color Block Outdoor Chairs by MarniArtful Textiles from a Dutch Colorist, and Go Big or Go Home: 10 Geometric Painted Walls.