Woodskin originated from a submission the studio made to open source design competition, Autoprogettazione 2.0. Inspired by the potential they saw in the material, team-members Giulio Masotti and Gianluca Lo Presti incorporated the material into the design of a rock-climbing gym in Montreal, which they were working on. However, while the material was there in concept, the exact manufacturing technique had still to be worked out. To do this, the two moved to Montreal and lived near the site of the gym, so they could experiment with different materials and compounds to perfect the design. The result is a sheet of Russian plywood, routed into a series of a series of triangular tiles, held together by a vinyl mesh.

Woodskin® is a composite material, developed and patented by our design firm. This highly flexible surface – a sandwich wood and high-tech mesh – was created by a process of excavation with a CNC cutting machine. By dividing the rigid plan of wood into small triangle, the material is freed – able to be shaped as the maker desires. This approach renders a wooden surface malleable, not just for decorative purposes, but also as solid and functional covering system for interiors and design.
This material hold an endless potential to absorb ideas and possibilities that reflect the dynamics of the space they occupy. Recognizing this potential allows to re-conceive and re-build spaces inspired by the malleability of this elegant, durable and strong material.

Woodskin is made by Milan-based design studio, MammaFotogramma.

via ArchDaily