Catamaran Bench by Emiliano Godoy for Pirwi


Chair designers do understand the trend for 2009 – the only one I happened to notice:-):

The future is back to knitting.

The Knitted or sewn together chair or bench is on the up. Here is another example: The Catamaran by Emiliano Godoy for Pirwi.

About The Catamaran

It is part of the knitted furniture family. The name derives from the double hull construction of catamarans, which is mimicked here. The piece is very stable, but also flexible enough to adapt to irregularities in the floor. The birch plywood pieces are sewn together using a 100% cotton rope, with no additional hardware of joints. The cushioning is made from post-industrial cotton waste, upholstered with fabrics designed by Liza Niles, made from cotton and water based puff inks.The Catamaran

About Emiliano Godoy

Emiliano Godoy (Mexico City, 1974) is an industrial designer from Pratt Institute’s graduate program, with a BA degree in industrial design from Universidad Iberoamericana and furniture design studies from the Danish Design School. Named among the 50 most important eco-champions of today by 02 magazine, Godoy runs the design firm Godoylab and is part of the design collective NEL.

He is a staff editor of the quarterly architecture and design magazine Arquine, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the UNESCO/Felissimo Social Design Network. He has curated design exhibitions such as Transit cases: chairs from Mexico for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Criteria for the A+D Gallery in Chicago, both curated with Jimena Acosta. Godoy also teaches industrial design at Centro de Diseno, Cine y Televisia in Mexico City.

Emiliano Godoy is Pirwi’s director of new product development.

About Pirwi

Pirwi is a brand of furniture for the home committed to high quality, green manufacturing and good design.

The company was founded by two industrial designers, Emiliano Godoy and Alejandro Castro, and launched an initial product line in March 2007. Today, the collection includes over 60 objects by 12 designers, and features award-winning pieces as well as designs now considered classics of contemporary Mexican design.

Since its inception, Pirwi was thought as a manufacturing platform with a high care for the environment, reducing impacts on in-house manufacturing processes as well as materials sourcing and disposal. Furthermore, several design and manufacturing strategies have been implemented in order to better control our products’  environmental impact throughout their complete life cycle. We like to collaborate with designers, suppliers and clients that share our concern for the preservation of our planet.

Pirwi is based in Mexico City.

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