Would you ever guess that wood could be sewn on a sewing machine as if it were fabric? ‘Chester,‘ a new material developed by Berlin-based product designers Anastasiya Koshcheeva and Oya-Meryem Yanik, is a surface material made of real wood that’s soft enough to be held together with thread instead of glue, making it more ecologically friendly.
Flexible layers of wood are stitched to create a sort of quilted surface, which not only revolutionizes the ways in which molded wood products can be assembled, but also gives what would normally be a hard surface a bit of cushion.
The material can be used alone or added to plywood for a decorative and functional finish. “Thus Chester reveals new possibilities for the traditional bentwood product and makes hard seats hum,” say the designers.
This isn’t the first time wood has been transformed into what seems like a different material altogether. ‘Translucent wood’ is a high-tech hybrid material of wood slats and vertical light-transmitting strips that make seemingly solid walls see-through.