Good as it looks

The FLAXX chair, made of 100-per-cent recyclable material, was designed by Austrian architect and designer Martin Mostböck. It was introduced this week at Istanbul Design Week.

FLAXX is a hybrid design, offering the comfort of a free-swinging chair as well as the functionality of a conventional four-legged chair. The novel structure of the support frame and the combination of advantages from both designs is a contemporary interpretation in both form and function. The seat shell and frame are made of 100-per-cent recyclable materials. The seat shell is made from natural fibre mats, which are molded into a stable, three-dimensional form by pressing multiple layers of the material. The mats predominantly consist of flax, an annually renewable raw material, and are held together by textile polypropylene as an adhesive.

The technology used to manufacture the seat shell originated in the automobile industry and is already used to produce interior components such as door trim panels and cargo area covers.

In the FLAXX chair, a variation on this technology has been used for the first time in furniture-making in order to combine the benefits of state-of-the-art technology with the requirements of a sustainable materials concept. The seat shell can be produced in different colours or with an additional outer layer, for example a cloth surface. Thanks to its weatherproof material, the FLAXX Chair is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

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