The Andes House is an architecture and interior design studio based in Santiago de Chile. Their latest project is called Ensamble and it’s an office system that use a peculiar material: cholguán, a natural, lightweight composite wood board, manufactured by the Chilean forestry company Arauco for over 50 years. Collaborating with Arauco, they tested the durability of cholguán by exposing it to liquid, discovering that the material survived and bent. The system is composed by big panels to divide spaces and small perforated panels to subdividing desks and hanging items. The cost is not yet available but you have to keep in mind that a single board of cholguán cost 5$, the system is simply to assembly and glue is the only material you will have to buy. A clever and functional project identified by material testing and simplicity.

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