What About the Pillow?

Snuggling, a mini herd of fuzzy puppies, a cozy, or a comfy thing like a pillow…all evoke a particular mood.  It’s a sort of ‘happy place’ where you can let go, and get comfortable.  I talk about the seat cushion’s importance, as explored in ‘The Difference a Good Seat Makes’, but realized that I’ve yet to give pillows and back cushions the shout out they totally deserve!

 Downtown Sprawl Pillow is filled with kapok seed fiber.  Click above to check it out further!

Downtown Sprawl Pillow is filled with kapok seed fiber. Click above to check it out further!

 Ghost of Satao Pillow is feather filled.  Click through above to view and learn more about the materials.

Ghost of Satao Pillow is feather filled. Click through above to view and learn more about the materials.

 Our Pop Pillow is filled with shredded latex and offers spongy, firm support.  Click on through to grab one for yourself!

Our Pop Pillow is filled with shredded latex and offers spongy, firm support. Click on through to grab one for yourself!

The importance of pillows and back cushions

Pillows and back cushions share the same general function of supporting the upper part of the body, while someone sits or lounges in a seat.  The amount of pressure while sitting, as well the force of someone plopping into a seat, is far less than a seat cushion’s responsibility.  

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On the LEFT, round lumbar pillow filled with natural shredded latex is supportive. On the RIGHT, the critter pattern back couch cushion and the black circle pillow, are both filled with full bodied feathers.

That means pillows and back cushions can focus on being pretty and helpful, rather than working to support the weight of a human body.  We have the freedom to fine tune a pillow’s snuggle factor or the soft qualifications of a couch’s back cushions, and such perfection is what makes that whole seat comfy.

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This custom client chose a pair of our cotton tribal print and feather filling.

Another client loved our print in two different sizes, both with kapok.

I chose a metal button to avoid using a nylon plastic zipper.

The filling is everything

The type of filling used in a pillow is the top function factor that determines all worth.  We’ve all tested out different pillows, squeezing or hugging a pillow to our bodies, adjusting it’s positioning while sitting on a couch to see if it’s workin’.  Everyone has that ‘it’ spot, in that place we want to be and even look forward to, so we can just relax.

The following are the three types of pillow fillings we offer in our non-toxic Materials

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Kapok

The plant version of down feathers.  A silky and slick, yet weighty fiber pulled front the seed pods of the Kapok Tree.  Learn more about it’s plant origins in ‘Plant Powered Upholstery: Our Fave Raw Materials’.  

It is pulled apart by hand, both at the seed pod removal and pillow stuffing stages.  I researched machines that fluffed filling for easier pillow stuffing, but all were made for synthetic fibers like polyfil, and would not fluff the kapok fibers.  Although more manual labor is required for this filling, the gain is a naturally anti-bacterial and biodegradable alternative to animal based feathers.

Feathers

A classic pillow filling, a step up from polyester fillings that rule the mainstream market.  Fine down is pretty dreamy and makes sense when harvested humanely.  But feathers, the larger and more rigid versions of fine down feathers, seem to always poke out.  More importantly, feathers as an animal based product brings with it risks of animal cruelty and sustainability.  ‘The Birds of the Down Industry’[1] reveals more likely than not, birds are plucked while alive and commonly many times over til slaughtered for food.  Personally, I prefer and recommend kapok fiber since it can accomplish the same goal with less conflict.

Shredded Natural Latex

Talk about a fun time.  Latex, by nature, feels bouncy and robust on impact.  It smells sweet like angel food cake, and is naturally non-fuming and anti-bacterial.  It’s exactly the same material as used for our seat cushion foam, and these small crushed bits suggest a more casual look when used in pillows and back cushions.  

The feeling is firm and spongy, heavy compared to the weight of feathers or kapok.  Learn more about it’s plant origins here.  Also, note it is biodegradable unlike it’s petroleum based nemesis, polyurethane foam.


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