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Green furniture trend at interzum 2017



Sitting on seagrass, artichokes or potatoes: On 16-19 May, 2017, interzum presents designers who create chairs made from biomaterials. In their search for materials that conserve resources, designers are discovering natural materials as a source of inspiration.

 - Chair seats are not necessarily be made from wood.
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Chair seats are not necessarily be made from wood.

Apparently superfluous waste products are being processed into raw and recyclable materials for new chair models. interzum is dedicating its special area “Circular Thinking” to sustainable materials in Hall 4.2. Among the many innovations: chairs made from used jeans. Many designers are experimenting with plant and vegetable waste and similar organic debris. They are putting highly unusual sources of raw materials to the test to produce bioplastics for seat shells, for example. In contrast to conventional materials, these biobased materials offer benefits: the raw materials are freely available in large quantities and can be sustainably exploited.

Take seagrass for instance. Thousands of tons of the flowering plant are washed up on the coast. Designer Carolin Pertsch uses it to create her Zostera Stool. The plant waste, which would otherwise wind up as special waste, is used as a bioplastic in the stool‘s seat. Jarrell Goh from Singapore takes a similar approach with his Potato Stool, made from potato industry waste. Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma has developed a chair made from flax and a plastic produced from polylactic acid (PLA). The award-winning seating object is fully biodegradable and proves that ecodesign can be very stylish. The lounge and dining chairs by Kizis Studio are also exceptionally elegant. The Athens- and London-based studio uses a 100 per cent biodegradable ecomaterial made from artichoke waste in its seat shells. One of the most recent projects to adopt these ideas is the Beleaf Chair by Slovakian designer Šimon Kern. Currently in development, the chair uses a mixture of fallen leaves and a bio-resin produced from leftover cooking oil. It proves, as the other models mentioned do, too, that there‘s no such thing as waste – instead it‘s just new material to create and design with.