OCT 2016 – Showroom New York

Made in Africa, refined in Manhattan.
Bark Cloth will open its first foreign showroom at the permanent exhibition of the carpenter's workshop Scott Jordan. He really exisits: a carpenter in Manhattan, from Manhattan. There is no greater urban manufacturing! African technical skills and millennium old traditions meet the world centre of globalisation and urbanity. Opening workshops will take place parallel with reception.
Information: Web page of Scott Jordan

NOV 2015 - Presentation

  12. NOV 2015
2nd cooperation forum: "Wood as a new material - innovations with wood-based materials" of the "Bayern Innovativ Bayerische Gesellschaft für Innovation und Wissenstransfer mbH". Presentation "Innovative bio-composite from renewable bark for interior design, automotive and lifestyle products".Oliver Heintz, co-owner BARK BARK CLOTH_Europe and CLOTH_uganda Ltd.
Information: Web page of "Landesagentur Bayern Innovativ"
Information: Flyer Download    

SEP 2015 - Workshop

17.-20. SEP 2015
26 years of the nationwide female carpenters' meeting, Erfurt

Workshop about Bark Cloth processing at the annaul meeting of  "Netzwerk Tischlerinnen". Mary Barongo shows you how easy it is to stick Bark Cloth and BarkTex on blockboards and frames and to stretch, oil, wax, varnish and to mold it three-dimensionally. Only for women!
Information: Web page of "Netzwerk für Holzfachfrauen"

June 2015 - Project

07.- 08. JUNE 2015
Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande + Co. love BarkTex®

Schloss Elmau Retreat Luxury Suites & Spa was the venue of this year's G7 meeting and hosted leaders of the seven major industrialized nations. BARKTEX® was there too. That was no coincidence, because Hotelier Müller - Elmau sought deliberately aesthetically valuable materials from economically, ecologically and socially sustainable production and NASA had recently honored BARKTEX® as one of the world's top 10 material innovations.
Information: Project brief discription on our project page
Information: Press release download in brief
Information: Press release download in detail
Information: External link of "Süddeutsche Zeitung" shows heads of state infront of BarkTex
® wall                     coverings
Information: External link of "Augsburger Allgemeine" with Merkel and Obama infront of BarkTex
®                     wall coverings
                                                                                                          Photos: picture alliance / dpa
                                                                                                                                             Photographer: Michael Kappeler

MAY 2015 - Interzum trade fair

   05.-08. MAY 2015
International trade fair for furniture fabrication and interior finishings

Hess & Co AG, a specialist in molded plywood, exhibits contract chairs with BarkTex surfaces. Hall 5.2, stand G041. Meet us and our sales agent, Thomas Wolfs, on 06th and 07th May, on or without appointment.
Information: Web page of Interzum
Information: Web page of Hess & Co. AG

MAY 2015 - Trade fair

    04.-07. MAY 2015
Leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens
BarkTex tree bark fleece at the materialsgateshow in hall 4.1, foyer 04.
Information: Web page of 'Techtextil Messe'
Information: Web page of 'Materialagentur Materialsgate'

APR 2015 - Sales agency

Thomas Wolfs

has taken over the marketing of Bark Cloth as an advisor and agent. He worked in leading positions in the furniture industry until he changed to marketing in 1996. In 2002 he founded his own engineering firm. From 2008 to 2011, he was largely responsible for the launch of the brand "Design Panel". His strengths include an extensive network and many years of experience with different materials, also in connection with acoustics and light technology. Thomas Wolfs is a partner and problem solver for (interior) architects, planners and fabricators.
Thomas Wolfs      Tel: 09129-402374       Email:  
Raubersrieder Weg 57         Fax: 09129-402375      Internet:  
90530 Wendelstein      Mobile: 0177-2402930      

JAN 2015 - Trade fair

     19.- 24 JAN 2015
BAU - World's Leading Trade Fair for
Architecture, Materials, and Systems, Munich

Furniture with diverse BARKTEX® surfaces at the stand of Staudigel, producer of furniture serial parts.

Hall A6, Stand 530
Information: Web page of Bau Munich
Information: Web page of Staudigel 

OKT 2014 – Lecture

more Infos about  über OKT 2014 – Lecture 30. OCT 2014
1. Bio-economy convention Baden-Württemberg

Presentation "Decentralised eco-efficient and eco-effective production of textiles and fiber raw materials for interior finishing, automotive and lifestyle products" Oliver Heintz, co-holder of BARK CLOTH_Europe and BARK CLOTH_uganda Ltd.

OKT 2014 - Special exhibition

more Infos about  über OKT 2014 - Special exhibition

21.-25. OKT 2014
ORGATEC – Leading fair for office equipment and facility, Cologne
Special show "Smart Office Materials"

Innovation exhibition with bio-based, lightweight and intelligent material technologies. World premiere of an office chair with BarkTex surface. Presentation of the bark of acoustic panel.

Download:        Contract chair - a cooperation project of BASF, Hiller Objektmöbel and BARK CLOTH
Informationen: Bark acoustic panel by Strasser AG Thun
Informationen: Web page of the exhibition curator - Haute Innovation
Informationen: Web page of the Cologne fair

SEP 2014 – Lecture

24. SEP 2014
Evening event about innovative wood and wooden substitute materials "textiles for architecture and design from bark“, Berlin

Informationen: Web page of the organiser - Haute Innovation

SEP 2014 – Workshop

04.- 07. SEP 2014
25th year of the nationwide female carpenters' meeting, Wittfeitzen/Lower Saxony

Workshop about Bark Cloth processing at the jubilee meeting of the "Netzwerk Tischlerinnen" – a network for wood female experts. BARK CLOTH co-founder Mary Barongo shows you how easy it is to stick Bark Cloth and BarkTex on blockboards and frames and to stretch, oil, wax, varnish and to mold it three-dimensionally. Only for women!
Informationen: Web page of "Netzwerk für Holzfachfrauen"

JAN 2014 - Exhibition

15. - 19. JAN 2014
imm Cologne – Living Interiors, Cologne
Special show Bark Cloth in architecture and design
under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission e.V.

In cooperation with international enterprises, designers and artists, the avant-garde of the yearly Cologne navel-gazing. 150 square metres of amazement! Experience how Bark Cloth is used by Ugandan seamstresses.
Information: Virtual interactive exhibition tour
Information: Web page of the German Commission for UNESCO
Download:     Exhibition brochures

SEP 2013 - Innovation Competition

26.- 28. SEP 2013
NASA - LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013, Pasadena/Califonia

As one of the most important research organisations, NASA is not only predestined for astronautics, but is also engaged in the development of lasting material systems. The LAUNCH competition was organised by NASA, Nike, USAID and the US Department of State. The eco-effectively produced bio-material BARKTEX® and its production process were recognised as one of the top 10 material innovations worldwide.
An affront to the German R&D scene: Never before have german innovations been awarded with the LAUNCH prize. Bark Cloth prevails as a maverick with a relatively low research budget, which is not considered seriously enough in the german bio-material, wood and textile research in the presumption that artisan manufacturing in decentralised structures can not succeed in industrially interesting amounts.
LAUNCH shows: Low-tech manufacture for the industry is sustainable. The catchwords are postal-industrial production, urban manufacturing, intelligent low tech, individuality and authenticity, back to the roots.
Download:        Press release Research and Development
Download:        Press release Design and Architecture
Informationen: Web page of LAUNCH Systems Challenge
Informationen: Report of NASA
Informationen: Report of Nike
Kooperationspartner: Bio-material cluster of the University North Texas, Institute of crop science of                                    Makerere university, Leslie Robertson, Rombaut

AUG 2013 - Art exhibition

MAY 2013 - Trade fair and special exhibition

JAN 2013 - Convention with art exhibition

JAN 2013 - Trade fair and special exhibition

JAN 2013 - Trade fair

JAN 2013 - Trade fair

OCT 2012 - Award

SEP 2012 – Trade fair

2012-06 Exhibition + Conference (RIO+20)

19. - 22. JUNE 2012
RIO+20, Rio de Janeiro
GREEN RIO – Green Economy for Sustainable Development

The German-Brazilian Development Cooperation invited BARK CLOTH_europe, in the frame work of the UN Conference on Sustainable Developmen, to present a shoe made from non-timber forest products and recycled polymers as an exemplary contribution to the initiative 'Green markets enable - bio-diversity conservation, social make up and a gain in prosperity'. The shoe is made by craftspeople and rubber tapper cooperatives in Amazonia.
Download: Invitation
Cooperation partners: Vimagana, Adolf Werner schoe factory, Rainforest Institute
Would you like to find out more? Contact us!

APR 2012 – Exhibition

MAR 2012 – Trade fair

FEB 2012 - Exhibition

FEB 2012 - Marketing Partnership

JAN 2012 - Trade fair

15.-22 JAN
imm cologne - Living Interiors
Bark Cloth special show
A UNESCO world cultural heritage

Special show of Bark Cloth at the international furnishings fair - world leading fair for furniture and home furnishings. 16 co-operating enterprises and designers prove their cutting-edge role and present trendsetting product innovations with the most archaic textiles of the history of mankind: partly world premieres, partly already successfully established products, also partly amazing design studies, prototypes and art objects.
Download: Exhibition brocure Part 1
Download: Exhibition brochure Part 2
Information: Web page of imm Cologne - Living Interiors section


DEZ 2011 - Material development

Shock HighTex Laminates has succeeded with 'Vitropan' in laminating BARKTEX ® unilaterally behind glass beside coach voucher and aesthetically to valuable special textiles now also. Advantages: extremely light, water resistant laminate, optically strong tangible depth, polishable, delay freedom, light fastness, cost efficiency. Areas of application: furniture, kitchens, (Shower-) partitions.
Download: Example photo 1
Download: Example photo 2
Information: Web page of Vitropan / Shock HighTex Laminates

OKT 2011 Representation in Switzerland

After several months of intensive preparation, Strasser AG Thun has become a works representative in Switzerland. In the traditional, multi-sided and innovative family enterprise with strong anchorage in the sustainability principle, we have found an ideal partner. We are greatful for this trust.
Informationen: Web page of Strasser AG Thun
Produkt: The first worldwide certified acoustic panel with BARKTEX®

JAN 2011 - Exhibition / Trade Fair

12.-15.JAN 2011
heimtextil - International trade fair for residential textiles and object textiles

Special show of Bark Cloth under patronage of the German UNESCO commission inc.
In cooperation with 22 enterprises, designers and artists. 250 square metres of amazement! Experience live how Bark Cloth is produced and is improved by Ugandan seamstresses.
Download: Exhibition brochure Part 1
Download: Exhibition brochure Part 2
Informationen: Home page of the Heimtextil trade fair

SEP 2010 – BARKTEX®_Plus-Latex_059

Nominated for The 2011 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
Information: Website the German Design Council

JAN 2009 – BARKTEX®_Plus-Latex_059 awarded „BioMaterial of the Year“

Information: Website of the biotech/life science portal BIOPRO
Download: Press release of BARK CLOTH® Europe

OCT 2008 - Materialica Design + Technology Award for BARK CLOTH®

BARKTEX®_Plus-Latex_059 has been awarded with Europes most important award for material engineering.
Download: Press release of BARK CLOTH® Europe

MAY 2007 - BARK CLOTH® awarded the Innovation Prize of the University City of Freiburg

In March, BARKTEX®_Low-friction_0577 has been awarded with an innovation award of the city which has been honoured by Time Magazine the world´s eco capital.
Information: Website of the biotech/life science portal BIOPRO
Download: Press release of BARK CLOTH® Europe

SEP 2006 – Innovation-Workshop NIOS – Sustainable Innovations in the Outdoor-Sport-Sector

Companies meet researchers, designers and other stakeholders. Ideas for innovations in the outdoor-sport-sector will be developed that lead to a more economical, ecological and social sustainable sector. Kick-off workshop organised by Econcept Agency for Sustainable Design, German Aerospace Centre, BARK CLOTH® et al.

AUG 2006 – BARKTEX® & BARK CLOTH® nominated for The 2007 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany

BARKTEX® low friction and the DEKODUR®-BARK CLOTH®-HPL (high-pressure laminate) have been nominated by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology for the only official German design award. The HPL, a joint development with trendsetter has already been awarded with a 2005 iF Design Award for its unique optical appearance. Also in 2005 abrasion resistant BARKTEX® low friction (co-developed with specialty chemical maker, cloth factory, and car manufacturer won the most renowned industrial prize for material engineering, the Materialica Design Award.
Download press report 2005 Materialica Design Award clearpixelDownload press release 2007 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany

JUL 2006 – “The Tree of the Kings” premiere at the Australian Festival of Science Film

Documentary film at SCINEMA Film Festival. Co-sponsored by CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. AUG 12 to 20. Focus: our African-European activities and the Public-Private-Partnership-project with GTZ German International Co-operation for Sustainable Development.
Information: -

JUL 2006 – Bark on Babe: BARK CLOTH® at cult publisher TeNeues New York

That BARK CLOTH® is sexy, might be discovered through the eyes of photographer Peter Jirman jr., in his artbook Xpose (ISBN 3-8327-9034-9) and in German Playboy 06/04. If you are an adult you might want to take a look - for purely academic reasons, of course.

MAY 2006 – Design Academy Eindhoven: Sustainable Design Week 2006

BARK CLOTH® participated at the workshop and conference on Sustainable Household MAY 19 to 22 in The Netherlands. Topics were economical, ecological, and socio-cultural dimensions of Sustainable Design in households. Other participants were Philips, Dyson, Unilever, O2, Econcept, and TU Eindhoven among others.

MAY 2006 – International Bark Cloth Research and Training Institute incorporated

For basic and application research on BARK CLOTH® and fiber trees and for the socio-economical, ecological, and cultural impact of its processing and use the institute has been founded by Prof. PhD Samuel Kyamanywa, Vice President of Kyambogo University Kampala and the BARK CLOTH® companies owners. The institute focuses also on training measurements for cloth processors and other under-privileged groups in developing countries and deals with related fields in anthropology, designing, architecture, furniture manufacturing, transportation sector among others.

FEB 2006 – Recently realised interior design projects

a) Hotel Inter-Continental. Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Wallcoverings. Implemented by Bärbel Thorer Interior Design. b) Atelier Shop Albert Fröhlich. Theatinerstr.8 - Fünf Höfe, Munich, Germany. Objects and furniture with BARKTEX® components implemented by tools-off architecture. c) Hotel Sheraton, Kampala, Uganda. Wall object in hotel lobby.

JAN 2006 – Bark Cloth® EEC 2092/91 - certified

We have always said so. Now we can prove it: BARK CLOTH® is totally emission-free from harmful substances. It is made from the worlds´ only eco-certified tree bark in compliance with European Union, USA, and Ugandan organic standards which are as strict as those for organic food!

JAN 2006 – Touring exhibition: Don’t bark up the wrong tree so that the forests on this earth can survive

And what has BARK CLOTH® to do with this? Exhibition of the Rainforest & Species Protection Society in cooperation with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), World Wildlife Fund Germany, and the regional Consumer Advice Center. 01 AUG to 15 SEP 2006 Dormagen, 16 AUG to 26 NOV 2006 Warburg, 01 MAR to 28 MAY 2007 Osnabrück. Details and more dates under:

NOV 2005 – BARK CLOTH® in professional journals and in the world wide web

he cloth from trees is now present at most relevant agencies, libraries, portals, and databases for materials and trends of which some offer showrooms to feel it directly: (F), (USA), (F), (DK), (D, I, USA, THA), (NL), (D), (NL), (F), (D), (D), (GB)
There are, as of yet, just a few English-speaking reports. Try here:



JUNE 2015

® @ G7- 
summit hotel         
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MAY 2015

Contract chair with
BarkTex surface at the          
world's leading fair for furniture  production


JAN 2014
imm cologne - Living Interiors

Special show Bark Cloth in architecture and design, under the patronage of the German Commission for UNESCO
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Innovation Competition

Sept. 2013
NASA - LAUNCH Systems Challenge

For the first time ever, a German enterprise has been awarded the LAUNCH Innovation Challenge of NASA and NIKE
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OCT 2012
German Federal Ecodesign Award 2012

Bark Cloth nominated for the most prestigious design award of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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SEP 2011
Nomination for 'Designpreis Deutschland'

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