A young German designer created “Wooden Textile”, a new fabric, using wood tiles
“Wooden Textiles” is an unexpected material created by the young German designer Elisa Strozyk. This completely new material is offering an out of the common tactile experience. We are obviously used to experience wood as a hard material. We use to envision wood as furniture but we usually don’t have the idea to project a wooden surface which can be ‘modulated’ and manipulated by touch. “You know how wood is supposed to feel when you touch a tabletop or a shelf, but the concept of wrapping it around your body is a new experience,” she says.
Stozyk’s inspiration came from a photo of a water-warped parquet floor
According to the website Dwell, Elisa Strozyk randomly came across a photo of a water-warped parquet floor during her years at school and thought: “My God, the wood came back to life and is frozen in motion.” Wondering how she could recreate the effect she began to cut chips of wood in geometric shapes and attached them to a textile base. Her wooden textiles was born and one year later, she won the prestigious 2010 German Design Award for Newcomers with her project.
A material that is half wood, half textile
Of course, there is viscose, a fiber created by the French scientist Hilaire de Chardonnet in the 19th century made of wood pulp that is dissolved in caustic soda.
But “Wooden Textiles” is a material that is half wood-half textile. Between hard and soft it challenges what we can expect from a material or category. “It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.” Strozyk says.
A simple, ingenious process
The process to transform wood into a flexible wooden surface is its deconstruction into small thin chips. The geometrics wooden parts are then attached to a textile base. The result looks alike 3-D modeling software mock-up or more poetically, origami.
Applications are almost endless, especially in the home decoration area
According to the geometry and size of the chips each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility, and the wooden textile could be used for example as rugs, curtains, plaids, shades or upholstery.
An innovative material, that will never go out of fashion
Unlike other fabrics, as the pieces made of wooden textile get older, they gain in beauty. Strozyk concluded saying “I love how wood ages without losing its beauty. Somehow it just grows old in a nice way.”
Photos by Sebastian Neeb