Wood Textiles: Innovative Uses for Timber Products

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When we think of products made from wood, what generally comes to mind (other than architecture, of course) is furniture and decorative items like bird feeders and picture frames. But some designers are taking wood far beyond the norm in the most unexpected of applications, like textiles. Yes – textiles.

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Elisa Strozyk has innovated a series of flexible blankets, rugs, bed rovers and table cloths made of geometric wooden panels. She uses slices of wood that are just .6mm thick, which provide a surprising amount of flexibility, making the textiles behave like those made of cloth.

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The designer researched ways to create a flexible wooden surface that could be scrunched and folded. The different types of geometric shapes used for the wood panels give the resulting textiles varying degrees of flexibility.

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Strozyk attaches the wooden panels to a textile backing to hold them together. The result is fresh, modern and totally unexpected. What other wonders could be made of wood?