rigid yet flexible, wood-skin redefines the possibilities of wood
rigid yet flexible, wood-skin redefines the possibilities of wood rigid yet flexible, wood-skin redefines the possibilities of wood
jan 07, 2016

rigid yet flexible, wood-skin redefines the possibilities of wood

rigid yet flexible, wood-skin redefines the possibilities of wood
all images courtesy of wood-skin




‘wood-skin’ is a recently developed composite material created by a four-person multi-disciplinary team in milan. the ‘skin’ combines the rigid qualities of traditional building resources (such as wood) with the flexibility of textiles, enabling the development of highly complex and unconventional structures for architectural and interior roles.

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complex ‘wood-skin’ at reign restaurant, dubai




by utilizing material triangulation in addition to specially-created software, ‘wood-skin’ is able to hinge at any desired point. this allows designers to obtain almost any desired (physically viable) shape, drastically reducing the challenge of translating designs from virtual to actual reality.


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dynamic ceiling created in collaboration with simontech s.r.l

the ‘on-house showroom’ ceiling actively changes shape according to acoustic needs

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responsive ‘wood-skin’ detail

‘wood-skin’ is highly customizable

‘sound-skin’ panels: ultra-light and self stabilizing


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metal ‘wood-skin’ detail

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hinge closeup

‘wood-skin’ material sample

the product aims to bridge the gap between virtual design and actual construction

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‘wood-skin’ for maison margiela



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