dutch digital manufacturing company snijlab has developed new possibilities of working with wood. using laser cutting technique they make tiny cuts in wooden sheets that allow it to be flexible. once processed the wood can be fully bent in both directions without breaking.
Ply Project, founded by Japanese architect Kenichi Sato, has developed an integrated material called FLEX. This composite material is made from a flexible foam sandwiched between sliced layers of laminated plywood with simple cuts. Lightweight, springy and flexible, FLEX behaves more like a textile than a wood composite.