This might not look like a chair, but it is! And a sustainable one at that: Barnacle by Ania Wagner is made using harvested ash and reclaimed industrial felt.
In lieu of chairs and trees posts, here is another “natural” wooden creation that still looks like your usual chair:
The Easy Willow chair by Boex has a light oak frame with newly cut willow in its raw state. Made from sustainable wood, and British grown willow, this is a traditionally, handcrafted chair with each piece of willow being hand sprung to form its own shape. With a slight rocking affect, the ‘Easy Willow’ is designed to naturally mould to the contours of your body.
The Cow Lounger
I would not have imagined that a naval mine could inspire someone to create a chair from, but it did inspire Estonian artist Mati Karmin. Unusual? Yes! Uncomfortable? No! Not at least when you look at these photos. The Mine Chairs seem decently comfortable for seating, but the thought of sitting in an old – possibly Russian – sea mine may give you very uncomfortable shivers. There seem thousands of mines left over by the Russians from the cold war and fro WW 1 and WW2 on an island 10 miles from the Estonian coast and this is one way of getting rid of them: Rejuvenate them!
The TRIS chair by design studio Tenenbaum Hazan is made from plastic roller blinds. To preserve and reuse the materials, they’ve designed a closed wooden structure in which the blinds are held. One side — where you sit — is flexible while the other side is locked.
Founded in 1994, Tenenbaum Hazan is a boutique industrial design studio located in Herzliya Pituach, one of Israel’s major centers of innovation and high technology. The studio is owned and managed by Noam Tenenbaum and Izaq Hazan, graduates of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
The Sea Chair Project aims to solve the problem of plastic, one chair at a time. Creative minds behind the idea, Azusa Murakami, Alexander Groves & Kieran Jones, made a machine that collects and processes the plastic from marine debris, and are now looking for funding to turn a small fishing trawler into a fully functioning chair making factory – you can help by voting for them here.
“The Sea Chair is a project whereby we hope to collect the considerable volume of micro plastic that pollutes our seas and turn this waste into locally produced sea chairs.
We hope to do this with the help of Britain’s declining fishing fleet, by turning one Cornish fishing boat into a fully functioning plastic chair factory. Having been short-listed for the Victorinox 2011 Time-to-care award, we hope to secure enough funding to sail this boat across the open oceans fabricating chairs along the way.”
The Sea Chair Project will be exhibiting at The Dublin Science Gallery at the end of the year, and the series of chairs produced are to be exhibited at Milan 2012.