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Wooden Carpet by Elisa Strozyk

The carpet is made from wood veneer offcuts bonded to a textile backing. Elisa Strozyk, a design student at Central Saint Martins in London, who is originally from Germany, started playing with offcuts of veneer from a wood shop that was closing down at her school and wanted to see if she make wood move in fluid new ways. She hand and laser cuts the veneer pieces and bonds them onto fabric, making the wood flexible. Her “wooden textiles” project for her MA is a mind-bending cross between parquet and carpet, which creates an absolutely stunning end result.

The project “wooden textiles” intends to look at the material wood in a new way. Geometric wooden pieces compose a flexible surface which can perform in different three-dimensional shapes. The material ranges between hard and soft, parquet and carpet, blurring relationships between furniture and textiles. She is inspired by material itself and our presumptions about it. She likes to switch properties and meanings and pose questions like: Can a hard material be liquid or soft? By looking at everyday objects around us and try to rethink their function or imagine hybrids between them.

According to Elisa Strozyk we will, in the future, have to deal with more waste and less resources. Therefore it is fundamental to be aware about lifecycles of objects. In her opninion that means to use material that is able to grow old beautifully. 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.

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