Fiber Wall

January 3, 2009

Biodegradable-fiber space divider

Designer John Hoiby characterizes green composites as fully biodegradable and consisting of plant fiber and plant-based resin. Developed as a collaborative thesis between the Department of Architecture and Department of Textile and Apparel at Cornell University, Fiber Wall was designed to combine properties such as high structural stiffness, light transmittance, and the appearance of natural fiber. It its final form, Fiber Wall functions as a self-bearing, translucent space divider.

Fiber wall consists of three shapes of double-curved panels. The variation in shapes are kept to a minimum because the hot-pressing manufacturing process requires a different aluminum mold for every unique shape. The composite panels of are made from sisal fiber, linen textile, and soy-protein resin and have a combinatorial logic that allows for growth in multiple directions. Circular cutouts create multiple possibilities in transparency and light filtering.

Contact: John Christer Hoiby, Oslo, Norway.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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