Wood craft at Milan2011

Elisa Strozyk's Accordion Cabinet and Wooden Textiles point to the possibilities of wood as a very flexible material.

German designer Elisa Strozyk collaborated with artist Sebastian Neeb to create the Accordion Cabinet.

This unique creation, seen at the Milan Furniture Fair recently, comprises an exterior layer of wood, made from lamellas of various veneers. These have all been folded in a way that is reminiscent of an accordion. Each piece of wood was laser cut and fixed to a textile base by hand.

Combining different materials allows the wood a flexibility similar to that of a piece of fabric. The Accordion Cabinet wraps around a rectangular base and hides shelves within when it is shut.

Strozyk’s Wooden Textiles, meanwhile, aim to convey a new tactile experience. While wood is ordinarily experienced as a hard material, Wooden Textiles present a wooden surface that can be manipulated by touch. Half-wood, half-textile, Wooden Textiles exist between hard and soft and challenges what can be expected from a material category. Strozyk explains: “It looks and smell familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.’

Wooden Textiles have various applications, including flooring, curtains, drapes, plaids, upholstery and parts of furniture.