Sustainable chairs are those furniture items that can help you make a difference in the environment. As we have all become more mindful about our impact on the planet, so has the design world, currently pushing towards a more sustainable way of producing new furnishings. These efforts go from using recycled materials to being more transparent and ethical about their supply chain.
Nowadays, interior designers are coming up with new concepts, pushing the boundaries of modern design, giving it an eco-friendly twist by experimenting with all kinds of innovative materials like ocean waste, plastic, fabrics, and so much more.
Today we bring you some amazing sustainable chairs that will make you inspired to make a change while still being able to express your personal style.
1. Svartskär Chair, Studio Hampus Penttinen
Made from any waste found on beaches across the globe, Studio Hampus Penttinen makes use of lost fishing nets and cut-off anchor cables that can harm marine life. This type of equipment is usually made out of plastic that quickly decomposes when exposed to the sun. This is an innovative way of recycling plastic into airy upholstery.
2. The Coastal Furniture, Nikolaj Thrane Carlsen
Nikolaj Thrane Carlsen is one of the winners of the Nordic Design Competition: Sustainable Chairs, a contest dedicated to sustainable Nordic chair design. His chair is inspired by the roofs found on the Læsø island in Denmark and is made of 100 per cent biodegradable seaweed composite material. Besides this creative shell, the underframe of the chair is made from old flooring material, attached by four hex screw brass brackets, which makes it easy to separate and recycle each component individually.
3. The Sobreiro Collection, Campana Brothers
The Brazilian duo Humberto and Fernando Campana created a furniture collection made entirely out of cork. Named Sobreiro Collection, the pieces were created to show off the potential of cork as a design material, since it is versatile and one of the most sustainable materials to harvest. This modern armchair is completely recyclable, and a great option if you are looking for attractive sustainable chairs.
4. Emilia Brazilian Easychair, Leonard Lattavo and Pedro Moog
Also from Brazil, Leonardo Lattavo and Pedro Moog made use of traditional Brazilian handcraft techniques and designed Emília. This chair’s upholstery consists of knots of small pieces of recycled fabric, tied up by hand. This fluffy modern chair is a great example that sustainable design can have a creative and trendy twist.
5. Chair Charlie, Ecobirdy
Who says sustainable chairs can’t be for children too? The Belgian Brand Ecobirdy came up with a creative solution to lower the plastic waste in landfills: the Chair Charlie is a chair made of recycled toys and games made of plastic, perfect for toddlers and children. This chair is nontoxic and incredibly light and is available in five colours.
6. Petite Chair, David Ericsson
Also a winner from the Nordic Design Competition: Sustainable Chairs, David Ericsson designed the completely recyclable Petite chair. His design was applauded for being very versatile, fit for a simple kitchen at home or for a restaurant. The Petite chair is minimal, made with a reduced number of components, which makes it resource efficient and have a low CO2 footprint.
7. Half Dollar Chair, Johnny Swing
The Half Dollar Chair has an innovative and imaginative design, being made entirely from welded half dollars and stainless steel. These sustainable chairs might even be considered works of art by how creative their design can be. Johnny Swing is known for creating furnishings made from salvaged industrial materials, reducing waste.
8. Tip Ton RE Chair, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Vitra
British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby revisit their Tip Ton chair for Vitra, updating it with a sustainable twist. This chair follows Vitra’s commitment to creating furniture using as few components as possible and, this time, it is made of local upcycled household waste. Minimal, durable and recyclable, this chair is an example for the sustainable chairs’ universe.
9. HÅG Capisco Chair, Peter Opsvik
The studio Peter Opsivk developed an office chair made from recyclable materials, of which 50 per cent are recycled post-consumer plastics. The studio has a strong focus on product design as a mean for solving real-life problems and, even though this chair was launched a long time ago, they still work on it, making constant updates according to users’ feedback.
10. Bell Chair, Konstantin Grcic
Konstantin Grcic and Magis developed a contemporary monobloc chair made entirely from recycled polypropylene from the automotive industry and the company’s own furniture production. The Bell Chair is lightweight and infinitely stackable, ensuring minimal waste when producing and shipping. Award-winning, this chair is a pioneer when it comes to sustainable chairs.
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