I have stumbled upon this interesting proven exploration towards the desire of creating a product based on bent wood. This somehow reminded me of the constant intention of creating curves with foam board or even with balsa wood at school of architecture. But in this case, the use of integral wood, (timber to be exact), by Dukta Skin makes it a little daring. A student at Zurich School of Art and Design, named Christian Kuhn, had the idea of creating a lounger out of several plies of wood but had to be flexible in order to be curved. At class with teacher Serge Lunin, worked with many experiments all weakening the wood. After months of experiments, the project got funded and completed a few prototypes and models; the technique is a sincrony of incisions perfectly thought that won’t deteriorate de wood. Ass an bonus characteristic, i found out that curved surfaces are much better then flat for acoustical design and this piece could make a good panel because of its incisions.
Dukta skin is an award winning investigation on innovation of materials and it is an alternative for acoustical ceilings and those hard con build curved pieces. Serge Lunin and Christian Kuhn together are now developing great skins for interior and industrial desings.
I wish I could know more about this process of bending wood, how mechanized is it? As I have asked in previous posts, are we going to loose craftsmanship at the workshops? We are currently designing our ways to simplify work but, artisans and woodworkers constantly find the way to accelerate the production, for this, we need the machines. Big round of applause for innovation!!!
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