It all started in college, where Emma Wardenier, a passionate young designer was studying furniture design. For her final project, she received a challenging assignment: develop an innovative material. A new material that doesn’t exist yet and that can be used for furniture, home accessories and other useful home objects.
Emma’s first reflex when she got the assignment was to go browsing in the workshop of her father, Werner Wardenier. He has been familiar with wood craftsmanship for many years. He installs high quality hardwood flooring, wooden terraces and designs bathrooms in teak. His workshop is filled with interesting materials, so it only makes sense that Emma’s search began there.
Among the things she found there, were teak boards with rubber in between. Wood and rubber, she thought… What an interesting combination. Strange that no one’s thought of using this somehow.
And so Emma went to work. She connected the small pieces of solid wood with rubber, thereby creating wood mosaics. One of the main things she tried to discover during this process was how to make the new material flexible and what kind of shapes could be formed.
KAROOZ is still a Belgian family business in heart and soul. All materials are produced in the KAROOZ workshop, which is located in Oudenaarde. The entire process is managed and directed by the family. They design, craft (mainly by hand), install and maintain the floor and wall coverings themselves.
In the meantime, Emma is definitely not sitting on her hands. She keeps on creating and testing new possibilities with the material that she invented. Her drive? Showing people that wood offers countless possibilities and that it can be used to make the most surprising and wonderful creations.