Rectangular wood panel with varying heights is hung on a wall behind a desk with magazines and an orange lamp.
Submaterial had some beautiful American black walnut in storage, and we’d been looking for an opportunity to use it for some time.
Rectangular wood panel with varying heights is hung on a wall behind a desk with magazines and an orange lamp.
Winter Newsletter 2014
14 February 2014

Explorations

Winter in the high desert can be brutally cold and drab despite the ever-present sunshine. Driven indoors, the Submaterial studio has been finding inspiration in materials we don’t often get a chance to work with.  Recently, a return client requested a custom wood panel for their residence in Austin, TX. It so happened that Submaterial had some beautiful American black walnut in storage, and we’d been looking for an opportunity to use it for some time.  This material was originally collected as urban salvage scrap from furniture manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest, and it has been hidden away in the corners of our studio for several years.

Custom Walnut Panel

Custom Walnut Panel

The custom wood panel we created was assembled from dozens of face and end grain sections. The variety of heights and hollows made for a very sculptural surface, and the composition was laid out with an eye toward balance. A light Danish oil finish was applied to enhance the beauty and warmth of the wood. To reduce weight, the walnut surface was constructed over a hollow plywood panel which also allowed room for an integrated hanging cleat. It was a very enjoyable exploration for the studio and we look forward to doing some similar work in the future.

 

Commercial Projects

This dramatic Index WIDE panel was selected by New York–based designer Mark Deserf for the Seventh Avenue showroom of a popular women’s wear design label. A bold colorway in many shades of gray wool felt was chosen by the client and the strong lines definitely add to the imposing scale of the piece. At 6’ H x 7’ W the panel was designed and fabricated in two sections which could be easily and seamlessly assembled on-site. This modular quality of many Submaterial designs helps reduce the cost of shipping and makes for an easier installation. Complete instructions and hardware are provided for every project.

Index WIDE

Index WIDE

Staff

Submaterial is growing and we are very glad to welcome three new fabrication studio assistants to our team. Each of them brings their own special blend of talents and interests to the work, and we are anticipating a year of fantastic projects. Welcome Matt, Ayla and Joe!

Staff

Press
Modern Luxury Interiors Boston

Modern Luxury Interiors Boston

Upon entering through the double doors and into the foyer, one large focal stands out: a stunning double-sided fireplace made with walnut panels from Albuquerque, N.M. "It really was the bridge or the launch that really just made the house sing." Read more!

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Introducing Wood Panel Wall Decor

Introducing Wood Panel Wall Decor

While Submaterial is certainly best known for our wool felt products: wall coverings, wall art, sculptural objects, and more; we have also utilized wood to great success in numerous custom and retail products over the last few years (more about them in a minute). In...

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