Maplex is a next-generation building material made from 100% pressed wood fibers, with no binding agents. The lack of chemical binding agents makes the material completely biodegradable and recyclable.

Manufacturing company Weidmann has been producing Maplex for electrical insulation since 1877, with little fanfare. I guess they’ve recently discovered that this remarkable material might have other, more design-oriented applications as well, especially now that sustainable materials are taking off.

Maplex is super versatile, can be shaped using a variety of processes, and readily accepts paints, dyes, stains and many adhesives. The material is, in fact, so adaptable that it has been an inspiration for designers Erika Hanson and Emiliano Godoy, who have both developed a whole series of unique products around it.

For more information on Maplex, see the Weidmann website