Chair made of waste

The New Raw design studio is committed to a zero-waste philosophy, creating a limited edition Ermis chair that was made from waste sourced from their own production facilities in Rotterdam.

Author: JC

Photos: ©Michele Margot

https://thenewraw.org

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The designer duo Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki recently moved to an old electronics factory in the west of the city on the Maas River. This is where the entire design process comes into being; from research and concept to craftsmanship and production. Designers spend a great deal of their time experimenting: sometimes more, sometimes less successful. Their side effect is waste and raw materials left over from the research.

Finding a way to reuse this material and reducing the amount of waste generated by the studio's R&D department became the catalyst for the creation of a limited series of chairs.

With this approach, The New Raw has breathed new life into its own waste and at the same time created one-of-a-kind items with high quality and durability. Ermis chairs are made from lots of different colored production waste which, thanks to unexpected color transitions and gradients, provide a unique identity to each piece of furniture.

The monolithic seat of the Ermis chair follows simple and ergonomic lines and is made by a robot from a single spiral plastic thread. The orientation of the layers constantly follows the geometry of the chair through a slight twist. This keeps the chair strong with minimal material consumption. At the same time, this technique creates a graphic texture on its surface.

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