WOOD—SKIN offers avant-garde design solutions to elevate environments. Founded in Milan in 2013, it combines digital manufacturing technologies with traditional components through patented practices. Its applications allow rigid surfaces to become more flexible, and flat ones to acquire three-dimensionality, widening the horizon for architectural projects and surfaces. WOOD—SKIN gives dynamic volume and character to a multitude of materials, helping architects and designers bridge the gap between digital representation and architectural feasibility.
The WOOD—SKIN raw panel consists of two sheets of rigid material connected through a textile core. Besides guaranteeing untold possibilities, this design favours flexibility and surfaces’ adherence. While the inner structure remains unaltered, the external layers can be of various materials according to the customer’s need. The options available range from traditional, selecting materials such as wood and aluminium, to unique, tapping into the treasurable catalogue of WOOD—SKIN collaborations with Fenix, Alpi, Almeco, and Forescolor, to name a few
The computational design department – a team of architects, designers, and engineers – can visualize the transformative power of the WOOD—SKIN surface and substantiate it into complex ad-hoc projects. The combined offer of the two core products, Mesh Sheets and Fold Panels, is completely customizable and fits all design requirements. Finishing materials, dimensions, and geometric patterns can be declined in endless ways, thus ensuring each client with a Tailor-Made experience.
An integral part of the WOOD—SKIN® patented process, the software instructs the machines to tessellate the surfaces of the 3D model. The program reproduces the digital design configuration with precise geometries, sparing heavy and expensive structures. The company produces optimized elements with minimal waste of material since the manufacturing process can be studied and virtually tested. A simple assembly mechanism allows local workers to install the finished claddings themselves, erasing intermediate substructures. Moreover, WOOD—SKIN products enjoy a flat shipping method and eight weeks lead time for deliveries everywhere on the globe.