Underfoot – not the usual straight and narrow

Renovation is nowhere on the horizon for me, and new construction is light years away, if ever, but if I had a project to do that involved flooring, I would definitely consider a Bolefloor.

The high-tech, milling method they employ uses more of the tree than conventional milling, thus being a bit more of an environmentally sound choice for wood flooring. For the time being, oak is the only choice, but other species will be available in a few months. Here's how they do it:

“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.

Bolefloor scanners’ natural-edge visual identification technology evaluates “imperfections” such as knots and sapwood near the edges or ends so that floors are both beautiful and durable.
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.”

Well, whatever . . . it looks great, and would be a terrific subtle counterpoint to a right-angled Modern house. – GF

via Fast Company's Co.Design

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