A Softer Wood by Isabella Braunreuther
Project selected among the 10 must-see exhibitions in the Tortona design district, for our DWalking guide dedicated to Milan Design Week 2022
A Softer Wood explores the potential of non-commonly paired materials with a method of wood-weaving with industrial techniques and textile crafting, thus designing a fabric that can be used as a curtain, room divider, or acoustic steering panel.
Taking the main characteristics of each raw material, stability and flexibility, Isabella creates a new experience where the textile allows the wood to stay inside the weaving while it takes diverse shapes as it absorbs the humidity of the space, looking and feeling alive.
A Softer Wood is the designer’s master thesis and one of the winner projects of the ein&zwanzig competition, which offers design students and graduates a platform to present themselves effectively to the public thanks to the German Design Council.
About the designer
Isabella Braunreuther is a designer working on textiles in weaving, knitting and experimental techniques.
Her projects explore the diversity and horizon of textiles with a strong approach for 3D- haptic and stimulating surfaces driven by natural or recycled materials.
The tension and poetic relationship between the optic and haptic perception is inspiring her work to develop unconventional textiles. Textiles for her are a connecting medium between individuals, stories, emotions and spaces.
Therefore, she explores and questions our senses by working conceptual and intuitively in a subtle and sensitive way to harmonize colors, materials and patterns in relation to each other.