Nature’s brightest colours – like those found in peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are created through microscopically small structures. When light hits these structures, our eyes perceive intense and vivid colours. Unlike traditional pigments or dyes, this colour arises only from the physical structure of the material, without the need for chemical compounds.
Wood is usually associated with shades of brown, grey and green, humble colours that feel down to earth. Here, we are changing this narrative by turning wood into iridescent colours.
The colour presented here is nontoxic and produced 100% from wood. Shiny or glittery effects – very popular in fashion and design today – are usually created using toxic pigments, plastic-based materials or metallic foils. This structural colour presents a sustainable alternative to these traditional colourants. Also, unlike most existing dyes, structural colour does not fade in sunlight.
Photo Credit #1 - Eeva Suorlathi / Photo Credit #2-#4 - Esa Naukkarinen