Recycled PET felt. Steam bent ash timber. Recycled foam cushions with kvadrat upholstery. Dimension 130cm x w 95cm x d 80cm. A large privacy chair for breakout areas in offices or residential projects was the ‘Pod’. To large upholstered furniture, Pod became an environmental alternative. Due to the difficulty of most upholstery to recycle, the chair furniture handled this by replacing the large upholstery with moulded felt created from recycled PET bottles.
For minimum carbon footprint in transportation and storage, the entire design was knocking down with the shells stacking. The chair’s ergonomics was comfortable, feeling relaxed and separated from the hustle and bustle of daily life. A room-in-room experience was created with the perimeter of the chair around the user’s head. The largest form ever produced utilizing pressed PET felt technology was the shell of the chair. A distinctive aesthetic was allowed as well as offering sound-dampening properties to increase the sensation of privacy with acoustic performance.
Milan 2011: this chair with a pressed-felt shell was launched by London designer Benjamin Hubert at Ventura Lambrate in Milan last month. The chair design was spoken for Dutch brand Devorm in this interview Dezeen filmed with him in Milan for Dezeen Screen. Called Pod, there was a steam-bent ash frame while the seat was pressed in one piece from felt made of recycled plastic bottles. Cushions were made of recycled foam with fabric covered in contrasting colours.
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