NEWS FROM US

Wood: sustainable fuel of the future?
Wood: sustainable fuel of the future?

22 September, 2016

It happens to be the most-used renewable energy source in Europe, ahead of photovoltaic solar power and wind power.  The use of wood fuels is on the increase, its consumption by families, industries and businesses steadily increasing. In developing countries in particular, wood is a vital resource for families. It has proven to be a...

Zheng Chunhui’s giant wooden sculpture
Zheng Chunhui’s giant wooden sculpture

13 September, 2016

It took Zheng Chunhui no less than 4 years to complete this work, measuring a total of 12.28m in length.The Chinese sculptor transformed a whole tree trunk for his masterpiece. The sculpture emulates a famous Chinese painting called ‘Along the River during the Qingming Festival, by Zhan Zeduan. Painted almost 1000 years ago, the creation,...

A wooden monastery on Tautra Island
A wooden monastery on Tautra Island

29 August, 2016

The little island of Tautra in the Norweigan fjords provides the breath-taking setting for a wooden monastery, built by the architectural firm Jensen and Skodvin as a sanctuary for a group of 18 Cistercien nuns. The architectural piece uses wood to create the entire structure.  Additionally, all the interior decor and furniture is made using...

The ruins of the world’s tallest wooden house
The ruins of the world’s tallest wooden house

23 August, 2016

In the city of Arkhangelsk, Russia, we find the ruins of the world’s tallest-ever wooden building, dating to the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries. In 1992 the work, originally intended as a 2-storey house created by Nikolai Sutyagin, began to take shape.  Sutyagin worked in the timber business in Arkhangelsk,...

The most beautiful wooden bridge in the world
The most beautiful wooden bridge in the world

16 August, 2016

China is an expert when it comes to monumental works, often creating wonders which go on to become major tourist attractions. One such work is the wooden bridge over the Shiziguan river, which opened this May 1st. The spectacular walkway, spanning the river in central China, is surrounded by verdant greenery and already in many...

Kizhí Island, home to the most spectacular wooden buildings
Kizhí Island, home to the most spectacular wooden buildings

8 August, 2016

Kizhi Island, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990, is located on Lake Onega in the Russian Republic of Karelia.  In spite of its small size, the island is one of the country’s main tourist attractions thanks to a striking collection of wooden structures found there. Created by master carpenters, the buildings incorporate a...

Manolo García: the grand-master of artistic carpentry
Manolo García: the grand-master of artistic carpentry

4 August, 2016

For many years now, Manolo García has been a true icon in the world of artistic carpentry, creating breath-taking monuments to the delight of his audience.  A renowned ‘fallero’ artist (someone who produces combustible pieces for the Valencian ‘Fallas‘ festival), he is the author of numerous works featured at major Spanish events. Part of the...

Give your garden a makeover with re-purposed wood
Give your garden a makeover with re-purposed wood

28 July, 2016

Make the most of your garden over the summer months by taking advantage of the versatility wood can offer for outdoor decor and design.  To this end, here are some fabulous ways to give your garden or balcony a makeover using re-purposed wood. Ideas for using wood in garden decor: Wooden pallets: These are, without...

The most expensive wood in the world: Sequoia
The most expensive wood in the world: Sequoia

22 July, 2016

Sequoia has attained the status of the most expensive wood in the world, costing up to €1500 per cubic metre. The tree, named in honour of the Cherokee chief Sequoyah, is an emblem of the United States. Its habitat is found almost exclusively in North America, more specifically on the coasts of California and Oregon....

Innovative applications for wood: Nanotechnology
Innovative applications for wood: Nanotechnology

20 July, 2016

The timber and wood-processing sector has set its sights on the future, through the application of nanotechnology. The term ‘nanotechnology’ may sound like science fiction, but the timber industry has already incorporated the science in a bid to achieve levels of excellence and innovation previously unseen in the sector. Nanotechnology is the study of how...

A wooden skyscraper for London
A wooden skyscraper for London

7 July, 2016

London’s skyline could soon have a new addition – a 300m-tall, 80-storey wooden skyscraper. Researchers from the University of Cambridge are collaborating with an engineering consultancy group on the building’s construction. The use of timber as a structural material is on the rise due to it being both a renewable resource and a cheaper form...

Wood in the works of Giuseppe Penone
Wood in the works of Giuseppe Penone

28 June, 2016

”Piles of chestnuts and rooms filled with mushrooms, transported in enormous bags by donkeys” feature in the childhood memories of Giuseppe Penone (Garessio, 1947). After studying accounting, Guiseppe entered Art School, where he came to understand the need to create his own personal identity. In his own words ”I had friends at the school who...

Do you know Daniela?
Do you know Daniela?

16 June, 2016

She is a Vespa, a scooter hand made from wood by the Portuguese carpenter Carlos Alberto, a motorbike enthusiast. Except for the motor, wheels and suspension everything is made completely of wood!      

Bridges and wood

14 June, 2016

Since the universe began, humans have used wood to construct everything from their own homes to whole systems for making life easier. Today, we want to call attention to a particular set of examples of these fascinating constructions: bridges fashioned from wood.  

Baobab tree
Baobab tree

10 June, 2016

Did you know that the thickest tree in the world is the Baobab? It has a bottle shape, which enables it to store great quantities of water, and it can reach more than 10 meters in diameter. Some Baobabs have managed to live for 4000 years. Let us show you some magnificent examples.  

The Best Interior Space of 2015 made entirely of recycled wood
The Best Interior Space of 2015 made entirely of recycled wood

9 June, 2016

5000 logs of recycled wood welcome the visitor to the impressive reception at Canberra Hotel. The Australian architects from March Studio were given the job of designing the hotel’s ground floor. Situated in a shopping mall that boasts shops, private offices, apartments and coffee shops, the mall is part of an effort to rejuvenate the...

A childhood dream come true
A childhood dream come true

3 June, 2016

The treehouse is a classic childhood dream, something that only a few privileged children were able to make into reality. But what if we told you that there are rustic houses and little hotels, marvelous places, up in the treetops for you to stay in? This is a brilliant option for those travelling with children....

The Hidden Monumentality of Venice
The Hidden Monumentality of Venice

2 June, 2016

Jacopo D’Antonio Sansovino said that “some argue that the word Venice could come from Veni Etiam, meaning return again, and again, because no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always see new things and new beauties”. For this architect, Venetian by adoption, the city was a crowded and beautiful canvas with white margins, inviting...

The eternal wood of Hans Jørgensen Wegner
The eternal wood of Hans Jørgensen Wegner

30 May, 2016

It is impossible to talk about Scandinavian design without mentioning Hans Jørgensen Wegner(1914-2007). After World War II this Danish designer became the key figure in Organic Modernism, a functionalist school of thought whose members included Poul Henningsen, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen among others. Wegner worked for time with Jacobson, designing furniture for the Town...

Beautiful wooden houses in the Caribbean Sea
Beautiful wooden houses in the Caribbean Sea

26 May, 2016

In the Caribbean Sea we can enjoy beautiful wooden houses with gable roofs, painted in bright colours which are fully integrated in the spectacular tropical landscapes.  

‘Micro-houses’ Movement
‘Micro-houses’ Movement

20 May, 2016

Have you ever heard anything about the ‘micro-houses’ movement? They are environmentally friendly and are made of recycled materials. You may travel with them and they are looking for an easier way of life, far from the stress caused by home loans.      

Environmentally friendly architecture
Environmentally friendly architecture

17 May, 2016

Do you know environmentally friendly architecture? It is a process which stands up for going back to the cultural model we had some years ago, in order to minimize the risks that all buildings have got over the environment.  

Interview with Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz
Interview with Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz

12 May, 2016

Antonio Ortiz (Seville, 1974) speaks clearly and with certainty, trying to find a quick answer to each of our questions. He speaks with us on the phone, from his desk at the headquarters of his office in Seville. Apart from this, Cruz and Ortiz have got two more branches, in Amsterdam and in Madrid. One...

Wooden assemblages in the Japanese culture
Wooden assemblages in the Japanese culture

9 May, 2016

Some weeks ago in Woodlovers we went through the concept of the carbonized wood in traditional Japanese architecture. Today we look back at Japan, fascinated by its amazing assemblages. In 1989, Torashichi Sumiyoshi and Gengo Matsui published Wooden Joints in classical Japanese Architecture, which is compulsory reading to get to know this fascinating technique. In...

Amazing Caltun shelter
Amazing Caltun shelter

2 May, 2016

Do you like adventures? Why don’t you visit the Caltun shelter located in the Fagaras Mountains, in the Southern Carpathians (Romania). There you can find an aerodynamic structure made of wood and steel which won’t disappoint.    

Japanese architecture
Japanese architecture

The architecture and decoration from the Land of the Rising Sun has always inspired the West. Would you like to know in detail how traditional Japanese houses are? A clue: its structure is made of wood.  

90 years of the Frankfurt Kitchen
90 years of the Frankfurt Kitchen

It is 90 years now since the Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky designed the wooden Frankfurt kitchen. Although she was almost unknown to a large part of society, she made history in silence. Having been brought up in an upper-class family, Shütte-Lihotzky was the first woman studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. From...

Spectacular wood buildings beneath Siberian snow
Spectacular wood buildings beneath Siberian snow

25 April, 2016

Beneath the dense canopy of Siberian snow, we can find many homes, palaces, Orthodox churches and even fortresses made of wood. The thaw in the hottest months in the area allows us to see these spectacular buildings.  

Ecological and enviromentally friendly bicycles on Earth Day
Ecological and enviromentally friendly bicycles on Earth Day

22 April, 2016

On Earth Day, we would like to show you some bicycles, the most ecological way of transport. But these are not regular byclicles: they are the Cyclowood bicycles, unique and unrepeatable, made of ecological and environmentally friendly materials. Happy Earth Day!   Pictures: http://www.cyclowood.com/

Wood at the “Salone Internazionale del Mobile de Milano 2016”
Wood at the “Salone Internazionale del Mobile de Milano 2016”

21 April, 2016

For furniture companies, designers’ studios, small factories, and a lot of specialized press, the working year starts and finishes in April, at the International Furniture Trade Fair in Milan. This unmissable event goes far beyond the fairgrounds and invades the whole city f Milan. All kinds of shops join the festival and neighbourhoods like Brera, Tortona or...

Recycled wood becomes a trend in decoration
Recycled wood becomes a trend in decoration

19 April, 2016

Decorating a house, an office or a business is always a hard task, as there are many possibilities in the market that might meet the space necessities. A good choice consists of decorating with recycled wood, so that apart from having a different and special touch, it helps to preserve and look after the environment....

Architectural structure in Kerniel
Architectural structure in Kerniel

18 April, 2016

The versatile use of wood in art has no limits. Today we present this circular wooden walkway go exhibit contemporary art. A wooden structure designed by Aeneas Wilder. Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/z33be/sets/72157629591293488/

Zaha Hadid’s wooden architecture
Zaha Hadid’s wooden architecture

13 April, 2016

Some time ago, the great architect Rem Koolhass defined Zaha Hadid as “a planet in its own and inimitable orbit”. That praise towards herwork colleague shows the respect with which the architecture world considered the Great Dame. Zaha Hadid succeeded in entering a traditionally men’s world with a unique way to understand architecture. Her designs,...

Tree sculptures of Philipe Handford
Tree sculptures of Philipe Handford

8 April, 2016

The work of Philipe Handford contains a spectacular road full of falling tree sculptures which simulate a sense of continuous motion.          

Wood and grass: The need for sustainability
Wood and grass: The need for sustainability

6 April, 2016

The fashion of ecological houses emerged relatively a few years ago with the need for sustainability, along with them came the arrival of a social conscience towards sustainability derived from the already visible consequences of climate change. However, in Iceland, the houses have existed since the nineteenth century. Known as grass houses, these originated in...

Dendrochronology and art
Dendrochronology and art

As a child, you were probably taught to count the rings of a tree trunk to find out how old it was. You probably did not know that there are people who spend their whole lives doing just that. And you were probobly  unaware that this science has a name: dendrochronology. Forests are an immense...

Contemporany art in wood
Contemporany art in wood

1 April, 2016

We introduce different species and pieces of Hungarian cut wood. Created by the artist Gyula Varnai for the exhibition of contemporary art in Hungary in 2008.          

Hyperion, tallest tree in the world

Nature continues to surprise us, this time in the form of the highest tree in the world. Called Hyperion and located in the United States, this wonder stands at 115 metres high (21 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty): Source: http://famousredwoods.com/ Hyperion, tallest tree in the world Hyperion’s big trunk   Source: http://famousredwoods.com/ West side Hyperion’s...

The use of wood in office design
The use of wood in office design

21 March, 2016

Wood has emerged as a material which is suitable in forming the design and construction of workplace offices. Therefore , it has become an alternative for many prestigous acchitecture studies and is ready to be implemented into the office. Wood has not achieved the importance it deserves, but it is noteworthy and holds an ever...

5 desks for modern times
5 desks for modern times

16 March, 2016

The desk is a piece of furniture with a historical load, which achieved its main peak in the Renaissance, when culture began to slowly spread closer to all social classes. A new appreciation of art and knowledge helped to bring this piece of furniture out of the Middle Ages of scribes and calligraphers and into...

Mud House suspended in the air
Mud House suspended in the air

14 March, 2016

A spectacular mud house with a wooden interior suspended in the air. A cabin to make you feel as if you are floating like a bird.

Toyota’s wood new car collection
Toyota’s wood new car collection

11 March, 2016

Toyota’s new car collection, made of cedar and birch will be presented at the next Milan Design Week.    

A traditional tea house defying gravity
A traditional tea house defying gravity

A traditional Japanese tea house placed high in a tree and defying gravity. A traditional meditation area, surrounded by cherry trees and made exclusively with natural materials with credit to the Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori. Traditional Wooden Tea House A space of meditation A tea house surrounded by cherry trees

Exbury, a sustainable micro living space
Exbury, a sustainable micro living space

Presenting Exbury, a floating egg-shaped studio which was originally created to observe river fauna. A totally sustainable micro living space! Created and designed by PAD studio and Stephen Turner and made with wood. Amazing!! Wooden Egg-shaped by PAD Studio & Stephen Turner Micro living space made with wood

Balloon frame
Balloon frame

9 March, 2016

For centuries wood has been the par excellence building material. The manual use of wood for construction craft was a technique that required a long path of learning and the ability of eager carpenters. Large optimal pieces of wood were, of course, also required. For the latter reason, the use of this material was only...