3 Innovative materials in furniture manufacturing
by Juanmi R.
In Faberin we believe that research and innovation is fundamental in all aspects of life, it allows us to advance and optimize resources, as well as take advantage of raw materials and give them uses that we never thought before.
Today we want to focus on the latest trends in raw materials for furniture manufacturing . We are fascinated to discover new examples of designer furniture made mainly from materials we never imagined before.
We are going to talk about 3, but we would love to discover more, can you help us? You can leave us in comments more materials that you have been surprised to discover in a chair, a table, a shelf…
At this moment, let’s go with our discoveries of today:
Yes, you have read well, artichoke as a material of manufacture of furniture, it is not a utopia.
The Greek designer Spyros Kizis, dismantled this utopia a few years ago. Designing and realizing the chair Artichair, for which he used a mixture of artichoke cardoon fibres mixed with biological resins, created mainly from used cooking oil.
The result of this original mixture has a great resemblance to plastic , both in functionality and performance. In addition, it obtains the resistance and durability of fiberglass, but with the advantage that this new material is created from sources totally renewable, is biodegradable and can also be used as biofuel, what do you think?
And you will wonder what led Kizis to choose the artichoke concretely. Because it also has an explanation, Spyros Kizis chose the artichoke plant because it can be cultivated with little care and in addition, does not require pesticides . In addition, in the midst of the crisis, in your country this plant could be produced with great ease due to its abundance in the Mediterranean.
Not all advantages? We only have to see its design, here you have some images of the original ecological chair Artichair.
Ecologically designed chair Artichair, by the Greek designer Spyros Ziris. Source: Kizis Studio.
Detail of the eco-design chair Artichair, by the Greek designer Spyros Ziris. Source: Kizis Studio
Artichair eco-design chair next to the thistle plant which it is made of. Source: Kizis Studio
2.- PAPER AND CARDBOARD
The first impression when hearing that a piece of furniture can be made with cardboard or paper is total incredulity… How is it going to stand? we would ask ourselves at first sight. Dismantling another utopia, furniture made of cardboard and paper has been a reality for some years now, although it still has a long way to go to become a protagonist in the furniture manufacturing scene, it is gaining more and more strength.
Becoming an ally of the environment, cardboard has emerged as an ecological material, resistant and economic. A great option for those who care about the environment around them and do not want to give up design. Here are a few options:
Living room decorated with multiple pieces of furniture made of cardboard. Source: Design mom
Designer table and armchairs made from cardboard. Source: Pinterest.
Designer shelving made from cardboard boxes. Source: Pinterest.
Another material that is revolutionizing the furniture manufacturing landscape is Bamboo.
A few years ago, Bamboo was discovered as a multifunctional material that could give a lot of itself for the manufacture of furniture and food as well as for the generation of biomass. This is why bamboo has been catching all eyes for a long time.
This material original of the Asian continent has always been protagonist of the culture and the oriental life. But now, this protagonism also gains prominence in the West.
It is becoming more and more common to find this material as the protagonist of designer furniture, both in small workshops and in large supermarkets. Bamboo is a renewable material, that grows much faster than conventional wood and offers technical advantages such as resistance to mechanical forces, because it gives more safety than steel or iron, isolates, is not sensitive to humidity and neither does not rust . In short, a great ally.
The following are some examples:
Living room decorated with Bamboo furniture designs. Source: Pinterest
Design sofa made from bamboo canes. Source: Paco Escriva
Innovation and continuous research have given us three fascinating new materials for the manufacture of furniture. We wonder what the next materials will be that surprise us and leave us with an open mouth. At the moment, we enjoy these three and their great qualities.
And you, what do you think of these 3 materials for making furniture? Can you think of any other innovative material?
Words by Juanmi R.