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Sustainable furniture from recycled materials

From plant-based plastics to wooden planks made from old railroad cars - many materials can be sensibly recycled. We show you furniture and furnishings from ambista members that use recycled materials in imaginative ways or can be recycled themselves at the end of their useful life.

Sep 09 2022

Aurea by Rochebobois (design: Sacha Lakic)

New use of wooden planks: the Aurea outdoor furniture collection is made from solid wooden planks taken from the floors of old railroad wagons. For production, the oak planks are first carefully disassembled and cleaned in an environmentally friendly way to serve as new raw material. Then the solid wood is reassembled and cut into shape, polished and finished in Rochebobois' workshops with the same care as new oak. The Aurea outdoor collection, designed by Sacha Lakic, features soft edges and rounded legs that taper downward. The designer was not interested in preserving the original shape of the planks, rather he wanted to show that it is possible to use the raw material as a basis for contemporary designed wooden furniture. 

Aurea outdoor furniture collection made of used wooden planks © Rochebobois

111 Navy by Emeco (Design: Emeco)

Chair made of PET bottles: American manufacturer Emeco makes its Navy Chair from at least 111 plastic bottles. The durable product is available in many colors and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Emeco aims to keep PET plastic waste out of landfills and oceans by transforming the material into timeless and durable seating. The company realized its joint idea with Coca-Cola back in 2010 to turn consumer waste into a classic, sustainable chair. Since then, the production process has been further improved, so that today around 150 bottles are used for each chair.

The 111 Navy Chair is now made from around 150 PET bottles © Emeco

La Reina Cocoon Chair by ames (Design: Sebastian Herkner)

Iridescent PVC cords: the special edition La Reina Cocoon Chair from the popular Cartagenas collection is inspired by the shimmering color combinations of the feathers of Colombian hummingbirds. Designer Sebastian Herkner uses cords of recycled PVC in a palette of different shades of green, blue and beige, which are attached to a galvanized and powder-coated tubular steel frame. To create the plastic cords, four different threads are woven together in each case in a complex process. The result is an extraordinary chair that seems to change colors depending on the angle from which it is viewed. 

La Reina Cocoon Chair by Sebastian Herkner in dazzling colors © ames

Essential by Auping (Design: Köhler & Wilms)

Modular and recyclable bed, Essential is designed to be as sustainable as it is durable, standing on a sleek, minimalist aluminum frame. The bed frame has a recycled content of up to 40 percent and can itself be 100 percent recycled. The feet are made entirely of recycled aluminum, and like the frame, they can be customized in many colors of choice. A special surface finish makes the color particularly resistant. Due to the modular design, all materials used can be easily separated: Feet and frame of the Essential bed are assembled as individual aluminum parts, the headboard made of wood and plastic can be easily attached and removed again. 

Fully recyclable Essential bed from Auping © Auping

Hemp Fine chair by Vepa (Design: Vepa)

Seat shell made from hemp scraps: several years ago, Vepa from the Netherlands set itself the goal of producing only sustainable furniture in the future that complies with the principles of the circular economy. The development of the Hemp Fine chair, which is produced from renewable raw materials, fits in with this. The materials used, resin and hemp, are of 100 percent plant origin and fully recyclable. For the production of the seat shell, the Vepa team uses fiber residues from hemp processing. The chair's individual parts are designed to be easily separated and reused after use. During production, the manufacturer shreds old seat shells in order to process the scrap material into new chairs of the same high quality. 

Hemp Chair with seat shell made of fiber residues from hemp processing © Vepa

A22 Stool by Lammhults (Design: Anya Sebton)

Made of one piece: the A22 stool series by designer Anya Sebton is made entirely of steel and does not require any screws or metal bolts. This means that the material can be easily recycled and reused at the end of its life. A22 is a piece of furniture designed for the recycling cycle in production. The steel stool is designed to be durable and has a timeless design so that it can be used for as long a period as possible. In addition, it is stackable and can be easily taken to wherever it is needed in the office or living room.

A22 steel stool from Lammhults without screws and bolts © Lammhults

Metamorfosi series by Paola Lenti (design: Fernando and Humberto Campana)

Second life for textile waste: Paola Lenti, a manufacturer specializing in outdoor furniture, wants to be responsible. That's why it now collects offcuts from production, leftover fabrics, cords and yarns, and selvages to give them a new life. In practice, this means sorting numerous boxes of different materials by color, fabric type and size, and then cataloging the material as a piece of company history. In collaboration with Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, the Metamorfosi collection was created from the collected old textiles. As part of this project, Paola Lenti offers floor-to-ceiling seating and unusual rugs made exclusively by hand according to the designs of the designer duo.

Sitzobjekt Alicia aus der Metamorfosi Serie © Paola Lenti / Photo: Sergio Chimenti

bFRIENDS by Bene (Design: Pearson Lloyd)

3D printed with plant-based plastic: a series of sustainable accessories has been developed by office furniture manufacturer Bene in cooperation with the design team at Pearson Lloyd. The starting material is used and then recycled items made from plant-based plastic that is biodegradable. 3D printing is used to create the practical products in the bFRIENDS collection, which range from pen holders to flexible hooks and storage tools. Using a special 3D printing process developed by London-based startup Batch.Works, Bene uses recycled polylactide from local waste streams to manufacture the products. Since no centralized production is required, bFRIENDS products are manufactured through a distributed network of local production centers, which shortens transportation distances for raw materials and finished products as well as reduces supply chains. Every bFRIENDS product is recyclable and can be returned to the production cycle at the end of its life. 

bFRIENDS office accessories made from plant-based recycled plastic © Bene

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