MATERIALS | By Robert Dalheim
Wooden textiles transform
wood into flexible surfaces
Skin panels can
be bent into 3D
German designer Elisa Strozyk
has completely rethought the idea of
a textile. Her half-wood, half-textile
“wooden textiles” transform wood into
;exible wooden surfaces through a de-construction into pieces, which are then
attached to a textile base.
Strozyk’s wooden textiles are available
in wentwood, mortimer, sherwood,
and ashdown. They’re made by cutting
wood panels into various shapes and
Depending on the geometry and size
of the tiles, each design can exhibit a
different behavior regarding ;exibility
The shape and size of the tiling system
allow for these different behaviors. A
starting object, like a wooden carpet,
can be simply adjusted to form mountain range, ridges, hillsides, etc.
This allows for a number of interesting
“There are various possible applications, for example as ;oorings, curtains,
drapes, plaids, upholstery or parts of
furniture,” says Strozyk.
View Strozyk’s work at elisastrozyk.de/.
A new panel technology
wood, textile and geometric cutting
patterns, is adding another dimension to furniture and architectural
Developed by Wood-Skin Srl,
which was founded in 2013, the
highly-;exible Wood-Skin panels incorporate a core of nylon mesh and
polyester resin sandwiched between
layers of Finnish birch plywood,
MDF, OSB, Okume or other specialty materials, and ;nished with
wood or stone veneer, laminates,
metal or varnish.
After the panel core is made, 3D
modeling software is used to create
the design pattern. The sheets are
then routed into the prescribed
polygon shapes/angles. These become the bending points, or “digital
hinges,” for shaping the one-piece
Wood-Skin panel into architectural
millwork, such as ceilings, curtain
walls and facades, or as self-supporting 3D furniture.
The company says Wood-Skin can
be used for indoor or outdoor projects, and is available with water-resistant and ;re-resistant characteristics. For info visit Wood-Skin.com.
Photo: Elisa Strozyk
Photo: Elisa Strozyk
By Karen M. Koenig