Dutch collective Envisions in collaboration with Finsa, a Spanish wood manufacturer, have created their Wood In Process exhibition for Milan Design Week. The work focuses and displays the process rather than the final outcome and showcases the investigations that took place during the making and research stage. Envisions, when commenting on corporate company practices, said that they take the “road of proven practices…missing the possibly fruitful alternatives discovered while taking the path less travelled”. Almost in answer to this statement, Finsa invited the Envisions collective into their factory to find new uses for their materials and remnants. Wood In Process explores the transformation of these materials through various processes such as cutting and printing.
Henriette Tilanus, drawing on previous experience in textile design, worked with fashion house Dries van Noten to create pliable fibres from sheets of wood. Simone Post added grains and knots to the MDF using print, which is widely known as a wood substitute. Danish design duo Sam Van Gurp and Esther Jongsm experimented with the possibility of embedding electronics to add light into Finsa’s wood products.
All photography by Ronald Smits.