Molded Poly Seats Made from Paper
Most modern furniture aficionados are loyal to the classic molded shell chairs, cast in brightly colored plastic and formed into a soft, comfortable seat. But in the pursuit of more sustainable design, petroleum-based materials can't keep up, and in order to produce forms with the same visual appeal, we have to be resourceful.
Swiss designer Mario Stadelmann produced a set of Eames-eque shell chairs using a composite material made from recycled newspaper. The final product resembles a Richlite or Paperstone countertop—a hardened surface formed with soft fibers. The colors don't pop in quite the same way that a liquid resin can, but they're nevertheless rich, if a bit more earthy. I'd like to know how these chairs hold up to moisture, as they appear to be textured and fibrous on the top, but given that paper composite countertops can withstand the wear of a kitchen, I'm guessing they'll be fine as long as you don't use them as lawn chairs in Seattle.