Challenging common perception, Berlin-based Elisa Strozyk makes solid wood malleable. With carpets, blankets, cabinets, lamps and even upholstery, the young designer creates flexible geometric structures out of laser-cut veneers. Soon after graduating from Central Saint Martin’s Textile Futures programme, Strozyk won the 2010 German Federal Design Prize for Best Newcomer. In 2011, she received Salone del Mobile’s Satellite Award. After discovering her Ceramic Tables at last month’s imm Cologne, we recently spoke to Strozyk about three emblematic designs.
What Inspired you to develop Wooden Textiles?
Elisa Strozyk: I wanted to explore new material while still applying textile techniques. I love the feel and smell of wood – it exudes warmth and grows old beautifully. Taking cues from the material itself, I experimented with turning this natural material into something new. Wooden Textiles combine hundreds of triangular tiles into geometric patterns – held together by cotton.
Describe Miss Maple lamp.
Like Wooden Textiles, I explored how familiar material can be used in unconventional ways. Wood is usually experienced as a plain surface but in this case, it’s broken down into a grid and easily formed into different shapes. A warm source of light by night, Miss Maple shows her true sculptural-nature by day.
Accordion Cabinet has similar traits. Have you explored other applications?
Developed in collaboration with Sebastian Need, Accordion Cabinet is a tall shelf encapsulated by a flexible skin – folding like the musical instrument. I’ve use this new material – thin wooden structures – for furniture and lighting but also fashion. In the past few years, I’ve worked with fashion designers to produce unique garments and accessories.
Experimenting with new materials and concepts, what is your ultimate goal?
My main objective is to show people how traditional techniques can be implemented in new ways. The world is increasingly immaterial; we live in a visual society with very little left to feel. Its important to create surfaces that stimulate the senses, invigorate tactility and enhance the emotional value of objects.
City of residence Berlin
Education KHB Berlin, Central Saint Martins
Motto Tactility and simplicity
Favourite Quote ‘What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us.’ – George Perec, Species of Space
Best advice received Keep it simple!
Three things every designer needs Vision, a space and time to realize it.
Newest addition to your studio Ceramic glazes
Photos Studio Been