Material Monday: Pine

Material Monday: Pine

Posted 13 February 2017 by Nirvana CPH

Whole systems thinking and materials is something that Ma-tt-er focuses on as a studio and consultancy. Director Seetal Solanki will be discussing the huge potential that the very basic pine needles can achieve.

Pine is one of the most commercially important tree species used throughout the world. It it one of the fastest growing softwoods that can grow within both tropical and temperate climates and commonly used within high-value carpentry items such as furniture, window frames, panelling, flooring and roofing, and the resin can be processed into a source of turpentine.

Considering all of this and the hundreds and millions of pine that has to be farmed and cut down on an ongoing basis is just beyond comprehension. There will always be something left behind and has the potential to transform into a byproduct of sorts.

Recent Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tamara Orjola has done just that with by crushing, soaking, steaming, binding then pressing pine needles in her Forest Wool collection.

The needles are applied into multiple applications such as non-woven textiles, a solid composite material, furniture and paper. Not only that, she went on a few steps further to extract the colour which created a natural dye and extracted the smell which was processed into an essential oil.

This single source material can provide such an array of possibilities this abundant resource can create an entire new economy by looking to past techniques that were once lost due to mass manufacturing Orjola can steer us into the future.

Studio Vailly ‘Reconfiguration of a tree’ research project focuses on the resinous part of the pine tree (Pinus Pinaster). Having worked with collaborators David Derksen, Gardar Eyjolfsson & Lex Pott who custom made black resin and pine wood who each reconfigured a part of the tree into products.

This bio-based material are building blocks to create natural bioploymer binders by ripping apart the humble pine tree and rearranging its elements. The result is a black matter, joining, coating and blending providing a stark contrast to the pine wood.

These ingredients are low grade, renewable, biodegradable, wood based materials such as cellulose, lignin, rosin, revealing the full potential of the pine resin substance.