Hyper Wood

United Kingdom
Teodoro Rava

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- story by MaterialDistrict

As reclaimed materials gain traction in design, there is an underlying skepticism about the efficacy of biomaterials in the realm of design. Teodoro Rava confronts this apprehension in Hyper Wood, recognising the limitations of current bio composites approach by defining a new material identity through innovative processes.

At the heart of Rava’s vision is the Hyper Wood material. The project disrupts the conventional understanding of wood as an entirely natural form. Reclaimed fibres create a wood-like material, forging a new life for the waste matter. Drawing inspiration from the growth pattern of trees, the project replicates the intricate structure of timber and, in the process, blurs the boundary between natural and man-made materials.

Teodoro’s project critically examines the overuse of wood and proposes an alternative vernacular— a customisable solid matter from existing waste streams rather than logging practices. Rava highlights the urgency for solutions to meet the increasing demand for natural products and a shift towards regenerative and circular approaches.

Hyper Wood does not intend to substitute a material, but rather create new material range that borrows the language from the natural world. The raw material production reclaims discarded fibre from paper mills and mixes it with binders obtained from discarded food peels.

Hyper Wood suggests a future where materials are both regenerative and enriching and urges a reconsideration of authenticity in the context of biophilia. The material process and conception detach the notion of autochthony from nativeness. Rava encourages viewing nativeness as a dynamic process, aligning with ongoing cultural, social, and environmental interactions.

Applications amongst others include interiors, furniture, handcrafted items, toys and wooden jewellery.

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