• Bark House® premium poplar bark

    Superior natural wall decoration

Rustic but elegant, walls designed by nature

In these days of urban living, connectivity and congestion, the human longing for nature is only increasing. A number of international studies in recent years have concluded that the inclusion of wood in rooms (in the form of wood walls, wood furniture or wood floors, for example) doesn’t just create an agreeable atmosphere. It also has a positive effect on the indoor climate and human well-being.

When wooden surfaces are included in the design of interior spaces, we automatically experience the surroundings as calming, warm and cosy, even stress-relieving. Touching wood gives us a strong sense of shelter and proximity to nature. Our natural BARK HOUSE® Premium poplar bark product boasts these qualities in abundance. Beginning with a previously unused by-product of the furniture industry, treatment with a sustainable and regenerative process transforms the wood into a unique premium product for wall cladding.

Poplar trees can grow to heights of up to 30 m to 40 m with a layer of protective bark up to 4 cm thick. On the hottest days of the year, burly workers head off into the forest to harvest the precious wood for our partner BARK HOUSE®. They gently peel the bark off from the trees in one piece, carry it carefully through the forest, and then lay it under heavy weights to straighten it out. Once it has been harvested and dried, the bark can be used as a whole piece, with no need for special backing material.

We offer our BARK HOUSE® Premium poplar bark panels in several sizes, with lengths of up to 3.65 m and various widths up to approx. 1.70 m. Every panel is unique! And the bark panels are just as suited to interior use as they are for use as exterior facades.

If you’re looking for a more economical alternative to our massive bark panels, we also provide so-called “shingles” of poplar bark. With a fixed length of 45.7 cm and random widths of up to 120 cm, they are significantly smaller. Shingles are sold by the layer, at 0.55 sqm per layer.

BARK HOUSE® poplar bark was the first to receive Cradle-to-Cradle Platinum certification.

BARK HOUSE® poplar bark, overview:

  • Cradle-to-Cradle Platinum certified
  • Easy to mount
  • Sound absorbent
  • Suitable for interior and exterior use
  • Every panel is unique

Premium poplar bark styles

Every panel is unique. Depending on each tree’s original orientation towards the sun, its bark will have either a more grey or more brown tinge. Natural features in the bark’s texture such as calluses, growth marks, minor bird peck indentations or lightning damage also lend each panel its own distinctive identity.

Here’s our overview of currently available panels.

More on BARK HOUSE® poplar bark manufacturing and Cradle to Cradle Certification

Product information

Bark House® premium poplar bark

Panels: poplar bark as single piece
Shingles: poplar bark pieces, by the layer
Panels: up to max. 3,65 m high, up to approx. 1.70 m wide
Shingles: heigh 45.7 cm, layer width 120 cm, comprising multiple shingles, width per shingle varies
Premium and Standard
Free-form shapes
Individual elements (e.g. letters) can be machined, and a unique technique allows even curves/pillars to be clad
Wall and ceiling designs, room dividing, furniture and object construction
Example applications
Hotel design, shopfitting, wellness and quiet rooms, restaurants and cafés, reception and conference rooms, office and living space design, exhibition stands
Standard: 8 mm to 10 mm thick
Premium: 15 mm to 20 mm thick
Approx. 10 to 14 kg/m2
Fire resistance
B1 optional
Sound absorbent
Screw in
Approx. 1–3 weeks, custom shapes up to 3 months

Please note: this material is a natural product and may feature minor cracks and abrasions. These are not an indication of any lack of quality.

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Case studies

Architects, interior designers and planners have been relying on our innovative materials for over 35 years. They know how high the quality of our products is. We’re proud of the many projects we’ve successfully completed.

Herstellung Bark House® premium poplar bark manufacturing

Bark House® has developed exclusive procedures for environmentally-friendly poplar bark harvesting that respect the natural rhythm of growth. Bark House®’s five-point quality-control protocol guarantees the precision of the production process.

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