When you think about designed object, lot of super famous designers and object came into your mind, but the essence of design is more about innovation of shapes and matters, then it can become part of our culture.
German designer Elisa Strozyk makes wooden items for the home – but she specialises in making patterned objects which aren't usually made of wood, such as bed covers, curtains, carpets and rugs...
While Strozyk's creations don't claim to have the same tactile appeal as your favourite blanket, they still challenge our expectations of how certain materials can be used; and indeed how they feel.
As the designer says on her website, we are used to experiencing wood as a hard material (wooden floors, tabletops etc), but we rarely experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.
That’s exactly what Elisa Strozyk is making, turning wood into flexible textile : surprising and playful way to use this material ! The outcome is really fantastic, and shows us that innovation is still part of the game, using traditional material to create new forms, reconnecting us to real feelings and a new tactile experience.
Strozyk's Wooden Textiles range floats somewhere between the two materials – the key to the flexibility in the pieces, she says, is in the act of deconstructing the wooden surfaces into pieces, attaching them to a textile and creating a geometric pattern in the process (the size and shape of the pieces used affecting its malleability).
Constructed largely from triangular pieces, many of the textiles have a mosaic-like appearance. As she explained the world around us is becoming immaterial, with all the way we have to communicate with people, by mail, messages, calls, using internet to live, buy, get informations of the world : a society of pictures and waves. The place for printed and matters is becoming tiny, but making it luxury and precious.
And that’s what she want : “Giving importance to surfaces that are desirable to touch can reconnect us with the material world and enhance the emotional value of an object.”
There is also a part of earth care in her work process, as she said:" Another way to save resources is working with reused or recycled objects and material waste. Also it is crucial to aim for a closer relationship between subject and object.This can be achieved through more flexibility and changeability, the possibility of growth or surprising elements. In the future we will have to deal with more waste and less resources. Therefore it is fundamental to be aware about life cycles of objects. That means to use material that is able to grow old beautifully.”
Born in Berlin, Strozyk studied at prominent arts colleges at a young age, ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) in Paris and KHB (Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee) in Berlin, before she received her masters in Future Textile Design from Londons Central Saint Martins in 2009.
There is no doubt the young woman is particularly well-qualified when it comes to design pedigree, but it is the artistry, originality and use of symbolism, in which her works and approach display a depth and maturity beyond her years, considering she is only 28 years old, and is already capturing hearts and minds the world over.
So far she has created wooden rugs, bed covers, table cloths and is working on a line of wooden clothes. Elisa Strozyk has been researching ways to provide wood with textile properties in testing methods to make wood flexible and soft, or interweave textile elements. One of the processes to design a flexible wooden surface is its deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. The wood is cut by hand or laser cut, and all tiles are stuck by hand to compose a textile-like surface.
She spent months working on her original idea, experimenting with different types of wood, until she settled on wood veneer. The slices of wood she uses are about 0.6 mm thick and very flexible, an essential property for her wooden textiles. But not all types of wood can be used to make wood fabric; oak, for example, is too brittle, so she prefers to use cherry and maple.
An interview with designer Elisa Strozyk about her unique creation: wooden textiles:
Caroline Aufort, Gestalten
photo courtesy of elisa strozyk