Soft Rocks


Thanks to South African textile designer Ronel Jordaan (, pet rocks no longer represent the pinnacle of geological chic. Jordaan and her Johannesburg team (she trains unemployed women to knit) craft rocks—ranging in size from boulders to pebbles—out of hand-dyed wool into shapes that form cushions, rugs, and wall hangings. Though she also designs floral pillows and decorative felt birdhouses, the stones are her signature pieces and bring a ubiquitous but oft-overlooked piece of the natural world indoors. Happily enough, they’re much softer than their outdoor counterparts. 

Katie Mendelson is the assistant editor of GARDEN DESIGN.


This article was first published in Garden Design January/February 2012