Rethinking the Parquet Floor
January 24, 2012
In 1929, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion flaunted the virtues of modern architecture before an international audience, welcoming exhibition goers with a sumptuously fluid space atop a travertine podium. Here, Mies’ fluency with materials came through, particularly his deft handling of marble. Though arranged geometrically, massive slabs of green marble, alpine marble and golden onyx imbued the pavilion with its ambiguous yet precise circulation.
Mies knew that the natural grains of marble could awaken us to the emotive qualities of space. The same cosmic kinship with materials drives the work of Pernille Snedker Hansen, whose patterned parquet flooring seeks to “emphasize the way we sense the material and surfaces in architecture.” Read on.
The Danish designer mixes Japanese printing and Western marbling techniques to dye raw Nordic pinewood with electric colors arranged in naturally marbled patterns. Marbelous Wood magnifies the natural growth rings of a tree, creating a vibrant dialogue between material and design and inducing an almost psychedelic experience of space.
Marbelous Wood is available for purchase through snedker°studio. Each solid pine board is hand-printed and made to order. For prices and more information on how to outfit your interior or acquire a vibrant new wall display, contact snedker°studio.
[All images and video courtesy snedker°studio]