German designer Elisa Strozyk makes wooden items for the home – but she specialises in making patterned objects which aren’t usually made of wood, such as bed covers, curtains, carpets and rugs…
While Strozyk’s creations don’t claim to have the same tactile appeal as your favourite blanket, they still challenge our expectations of how certain materials can be used; and indeed how they feel.
As the designer says on her website, we are used to experiencing wood as a hard material (wooden floors, tabletops etc), but we rarely experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.
Strozyk has produced an exclusive collection of ‘wooden plaids’ in two colour variations and a new collection of table runners in three different sizes. (Detail from a promotional photo for the Gestalten sale, shown below.)
This carpet is made from linen, oak, maple and beech:
Dyed wood is incorporated into this rug:
Strozyk’s Wooden Textiles range floats somewhere between the two materials – the key to the flexibility in the pieces, she says, is in the act of deconstructing the wooden surfaces into pieces, attaching them to a textile and creating a geometric pattern in the process (the size and shape of the pieces used affecting its malleability).
Constructed largely from triangular pieces, many of the textiles have a mosaic-like appearance.
Strozyk returned to Berlin to work having graduated in 2009 from the Future Textile Design (MA) course at Central Saint Martins in London. Her ceramic tables are also rather lovely, too (see below).
The Wooden plaids and table runner series are available from the Gestalten Pavilion and Gestalten Space shops in Berlin – details here. Prices range from €400 – €1,800. More of Strozyk’s work is at elisastrozyk.de.