Are your ottomans comfortable, practical or both? The two worlds of ottomans seldom collide, leaving you two options: hard and sleek or comfortably cushioned. But now there’s a third option, and it’s all thanks to a material called Chester.

Chester is a moldable plywood that’s held together with stitching instead of with glue. And no, you don’t have to do the stitching yourself. The stitching method is not only a more ecological solution, but it’s also a more comfortable one as it adds a bit of padding and dimension to otherwise hard, flat wood.

Berlin-based designers Anastasiya Koshcheeva and Oya-Meryem Yanik started the project to bring something new to the possibilities of molded wood. As a result, the Chester material can be used alone or on top of another wood as it is on this ottoman. Even beyond seating furniture, we think this material would be a total dream for a headboard. Don’t you?

We love that the malleable material brings the look of a familiar, comfy texture to hard wood, bringing us the best of both worlds.

Let us know how you’d use this sewn wood in the comments!