Life is not a straight line.

I’m not one to push products but I couldn’t help sharing this stunning flooring system I stumbled across recently.  Bolefloor is a european company that makes custom tongue-in-groove flooring that follows the organic “live-edge” curves of milled lumber.  I think its easier to look at the images and see it than it is to explain how it works.

It’s a fascinating combination of using simple natural forms and handling them with very high technology.  When I saw this I thought, “oh WOW that is beautiful.”  Then I thought, “how on earth do they even do that?  They must need to individually match each board to the next with some sort of CAD/CAM router.”  Apparently that’s exactly what they do.  From their website:

“Bolefloor technology combines wood scanning systems, tailor-made CAD/CAM developments and innovative optimization algorithms for placement software developed by a Finnish engineering automation company and three software companies in cooperation with the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

“Our process manages and tracks each board from its raw-lumber stage through final installation. And every board is cut using the finest in Homag woodworking machinery. “

It’s certainly not a simple solution.  But it does two significant things – bring natural, curving forms back into conventional buildings (of which I am a fan) and source more “wood” per acre of forest and optimize the forest resource.  I’m impressed.

*Note: my title is a rather clever tagline from the bolefloor website.

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