Caudex is a sandwich made with the swarf obtained from processing wood and cellulose material with a patented process; it is designed to offer new potential to sectors such as packaging, fittings, exhibiting, lining, design and paper products in general, to stimulate the birth of new products and allow companies and designers to create in wood with the same simplicity as with paper.
Caudex is a material made without cutting a single tree; in fact precious trees in sizes not complying with standard production are used, recovering swarf that gets new life in an innovative and versatile material.
Caudex is made with an innovative, patented process that makes it possible to recover the precious wood with sizes unsuitable to traditional production.
No tree is cut down to make Caudex; all the wood used, intended for disposal, is recovered and given new life on a cellulose layer or on a textile layer.
Caudex thickness can go from a little less than a millimetre to some ten centimetres.
Caudex comes from the close co-operation of Atelier del legno di Pivato Francesco e Stecca Stefano S.n.c. and the designer Fabio Caeran; the common sensitivity to the recovery, reuse and remanufacture of a waste material was the starting point on a road on which the incubation period of different ideas and projects led to a new material.
Caudex is a Latin word meaning tree trunk but, towards the end of the 1st century A.D. it was used as a term to indicate a new format used for documents kept not in the usual papyrus rolls but in parchment codices (term deriving from the Latin caudex) written in two or more columns in recto and verso and then folded and sewn together.
Caudex, together with the terms liber, libellus and codex, was used by the Romans before the invention of the codex, when wood boards were used to write notes, records or speeches. Between the 1st and 2nd century A.D., after the birth of the codex, these terms were applied to the new format in contrast with the volumen that referred to the classical roll.