WoodSkin is a fascinating new composite material created by the Milan design studio Mamma Fotogramma that looks like lovely patterned wood, but moves with the flexibility of a sheet blowing in the breeze. Its plastic nature allows it to function as a stylish, organic-looking skin for projects that might otherwise be built with standard, flat materials.
The creation started as an entry to the open-source design competition Autoprogettazione 2.0 in 2012, and came to fruition in Montreal later that year as Mamma Fotogramma’s Giulio Masotti and Gianluca Lo Presti used it to design part of the lobby interior of Allez Up, an indoor rock climbing gym near the border of the Lachine Canal. For two months the team lived and worked in Montreal next to the sugar silos where the gym was to be installed and invented the entire process to make WoodSkin. Since the undertaking of combining a rigid substance like wood with a malleable textile was completely new to them, they even created three-meter long wheeled presses to experiment with hybrid materials that would be flexible yet sturdy. (via Design Firm Creates a Composite Wooden Material That Flexes Like Skin | Wired Design | Wired.com)