- Curved natural wooden boards - mafi Flex
- New design options by using smooth transitions
- Can be applied to floors, walls, ceilings and for shop fitting as well as furniture making
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A natural wooden floor that does not adhere to conventions and deviates from its horizontal position, a natural wooden floor that combines furniture, walls and ceilings with the floor, an opportunity, a source of inspiration, a solution – that is what mafi Flex is.
Our designs are always based on nature. Like so much already, the idea for this new way of furnishing was done by following a simple guiding principle: returning to the origin.
Tree trunks are round. It is only through processing by humans that straight wooden floorboards that we all know are made. So why not give back wood, as a natural material, part of its natural shape?
This is how the idea for mafi Flex came about, which makes it possible to create room concepts that seem to originate from a single source.
With the mafi Flex processing technology, tension is removed from the wood and prepared for bending via the symmetrical reserve. The result is an extremely flexible board that can adapt perfectly to any organic shape. This makes it possible not only to install boards on straight surfaces such as floors, walls and ceilings, but also on columns or other curved interior furnishings.
A floor without transitions. The new FLEX processing technology enables us to bend boards so far that we can achieve radii of up to 360°. This can be used to create a continuous symbiosis between floors and furniture or wall cladding.
What's especially innovative is the way that floors are freed from the horizontal plane, opening up new areas of application without imposing a transitional separation from the floor itself.
This means that the boards can run up from the floor without any interruption and be used as tabletops, kitchen counters, or wall covering.
This Flex technology can be applied to mafi's entire portfolio, creating a fascinating extra to our existing product line. The customer and/or designer can choose a product as they usually do, but can now apply it to their furniture, walls, or even ceilings.
In today's modern architecture, we find a strong reduction in materials.
The focus is on a few, but high-quality materials that can fully show their effect in rooms. In private as well as in business premises, there are therefore attempts to create a harmonious combination of floors, walls and interior furnishings by using the same surface materials for these areas.
The types of application are diverse. This can be a continuous surface from the floor that extends onto the kitchen counter or wall coverings in curved shapes. The Flex technology can be applied to the entire portfolio of mafi's natural wooden floors.
Harmony is everything. Therefore, the choice of using the same wooden material for floors and walls turns out to be a particularly good one, in our opinion. Individual wall cladding that looks the same as the surface of the floor lends the room a lot of naturalness without being overwhelming. Individual kitchen elements or large wooden cladding on the living room wall create a harmonious spatial effect.
The combination of natural wooden boards on floors and on ceilings is a very easy way of lending a room comfort and cosiness. In order not to feel like being a cave, wood as a natural material gives us the feeling of being caringly accommodated for and safe.
This quickly takes away our feeling of lack of comfort particularly in high, large rooms. A successful interior concept that makes particular sense if you want a very cosy atmosphere.
Necessary as structural elements, but always something that does not quite fit in: columns. Columns can be completely cladded with mafi's wooden boards, which, for example, are made of the same material as the floor.
This creates a perfect connection between the individual levels of the room without having to mix too many materials with one another, which may not have the exact same colour or the same wood grain. Thanks to mafi's innovative technology, the flexible boards can be laid on any organically shaped room element.
Adding wood to a room has always created comfort and well-being. The more genuine, the better. Wood is most popularly used on floors, walls or ceilings.
In many room concepts, we find furnishing elements with soft and round shapes. Curves make rooms appear more harmonious and have a subconsciously calming effect on people. Hard edges, on the other hand, have a delimiting effect and create distance.
The mafi Flex solution aims at "softening" these limits thus creating more comfort in rooms.
Thanks to the flexible natural wooden boards, special furnishing ideas can now be implemented as well. From circular seat pans to bars, which seem to rise from the floor, there are no limits set on ideas. The natural wooden boards, which are flexible up to 360°, are available in almost all mafi surfaces.
With the idea of mafi Flex, wood as a natural material is restored to its original shape and, at the same time, customers are offered an infinite number of cladding and design options.
The running surface of all of mafi's boards are refined with natural oil based on linseed oil and thus receive a haptically pleasant surface at body temperature, of course without any disturbing layer of grease. The time factor is important in this refinement step. Because the oil needs enough of it to really penetrate deeply into the layer of wood, thus making it durable against stains and scratches.
Oiling has the great advantage that the wood retains its open pores and is not sealed, as is the case with lacquer or wax. This means that the wood's properties are kept, i.e., it can absorb moisture in the room without any problems and can release it back into the room. The result is an evidently better indoor climate from which humans and animals benefit equally.
The large, wooden surfaces with open pores also neutralise odours, thus contributing to more quality of life and well-being.
mafi Flex in three words: Flexible. Healthy. Innovative.