When you think of traditional German aesthetics, it makes sense that the natural wood look is currently popular there. And when you think of modern German aesthetics, it's no surprise that the starkly modern aesthetic is also currently en vogue in Deutschland. But I didn't expect to see them both combined in as startling a manner as I did in the Material-ID booth at Holz-Handwerk.
Talented designer Andrea da Silva has had an interesting and unpredictable career path; after gaining a degree in Fashion Design in the '90s, she held careers in both sportswear and textiles before entering the automotive industry as a color and trim designer. Infiniti, Mazda and Mitsubishi were all clients. At some point she became enamored of wood, particularly recycled wood from wine barrels and old window frames, and figured out how to wring new life from them.
In 2012 she started up Material-ID, which specializes in creating unique coverings for walls made largely from recovered wood. Above and below are a glimpse of Material-ID's offerings.
Sadly, for now da Silva is only covering the German market. But perhaps with enough prodding from interested interior/environments designers they'd consider expanding? Interested designers can contact the company here.
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I like it, but I was always wondering how expensive is to repaint or recoat this stuff :)
Really stunning - really like the hexagons...