Innovations in timber framing and opportunities offered by CNC milling are elevating wood to a higher level. Not just as a flooring or construction material, but as a design element in its own right. Here are eight striking wood interiors that prove it.
Paperless Post headquarters by +ADD, in New York City
The lobby inside Paperless Post’s global headquarters in NYC is decked end-to-end in ash louvred panels, with matching pendant lights above the reception desk.
Aesop by Tacklebox, in Washington, D.C.
A stunning 30,000 individual sticks of 100-year-old southern pine define this 84-square-metre space in Washington’s Georgetown neighbourhood. The sticks serve as a textured cladding for the eastern interior wall.
Hongkun Museum of Fine Art by Penda, in Beijing
For a small auditorium inside the Hongkun Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing, Penda created dramatic cut-outs in wooden walls, and suspended circular mirrors to visually fragment and distort the interior space. The project took its inspiration from graphic illusionist M.C. Escher.
Kido sushi bar by DA Architects, in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Japanese restaurant is lined with 400 asymmetrical wood pyramids that add dimension and depth to the otherwise simple space.
FEIT shoe store by Jordana Maisie, in New York City
Australian designer and artist Jordana Maisie has filled the Feit shoe store in New York’s West Village from end-to-end with stacked slabs of timber made of Baltic birch plywood. Each sheet was CNC-milled and sections were assembled off-site before installation.
Herman Miller shop-in-shop by PRODUCE, in Singapore
At the Herman Miller shop-in-shop at XTRA’s flagship store in Singapore, panels of plywood are curved, contorted and sewn into a billowy sail using a tailoring technique called darting. The result? “Fabricwood.”
Parabolic office by RAW Architecture, in Tangerang, Indonesia
Sculptural plywood shelving lines both sides of the office’s central hallway, forming a sort of double helix. At the hub of the space is a matching, curving bookshelf that does double duty as a room partition.
El Japonez restaurant by Taller David Dana Arquitectura, in Ex-Hacienda de Curimeo, Mexico
Wood interventions are a defining feature in this Mexican group of Japanese restaurants. For this particular location, Taller David Dana Arquitectura interpreted the material as a grid-like canopy that envelops the dining room and continues over the patio.