This project started as an experiment. An experiment in transformation, reconstruction, and repurposing. To try to return paper to something like its original state. It took us over a year of experimentation, research, and development to settle on this proprietary technique, shown in the video above.  Bad ideas, false starts, and near misses are all part […]

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Nature is seldom matched in its beauty & simplicity. A prime example of this simple form & function are diatoms. Located in nearly every place that there is standing water, diatoms are single celled algae that encase themselves in beautiful glass shells. There are hundreds of thousands of varieties of diatoms all that build their own unique […]

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Here at Shwood we are constantly searching for inspiring ways to think about and use natural materials. Recently, we were blown away by the creativity, craftsmanship, and playfulness of these live-able sculptures that bridge the gap between art and life. Bay Area fine artist, Jay Nelson, is not concerned with all of his cuts and […]

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We’ve all been there, you’re working on a project, writing a paper, trying to capture that perfect moment with your digital camera, standing up as that buzzer-beating shot goes up, and all of a sudden – your machine glitches, flashes a random jumble of colors, and crashes. For most of us, this occurrence is usually […]

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Early last year we launched our Fifty/Fifty collection introducing a brand new material, cellulose acetate, into our product offerings. This was a big step forward for us and we wanted to offer a little bit more information about acetate itself, how it’s made, and why we chose to use world-renowned Mazzucchelli cellulose acetate for our […]

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