Flint Design Studio in SLC, Utah recently experimented with an internal project combining materials and manufacturing processes that do not mix. They decided to combine maple and injection molding.
Maple is a hardwood often crafted and shaped to reveal its natural grain, warm character and beauty. It cannot be molded or melted down, forced through an extrusion or cast. It must be cut, carved, machined or sanded.
Grain is made of maple hardwood and has been CNC milled to create its form. It has been designed to mimic the manufactured aesthetic of an injection molded part. The combining of these disparate elements offers an intriguing juxtaposition of material and process, natural and synthetic, expected and unexpected.