SAUNA BENCH by EERO AARNIO
The master of space-age pop plastics takes a turn for the natural with this sauna bench made from Finnish fur. It's intended to be used outdoors and is treated with black Pinotex timber oil. Aarnio doesn't intend for the chair to be mass-produced, but rather treated as an artifact that can be passed down from generation to generation.
ORANGE BOX by HANNU KÄHÖNEN
Kähönen argues that in the big picture chairs are "inessential from an ecological point of view." With this in mind he aimed to create a seat that minimized the use of materials and energy to produce. The Orange box is made with simple tools from just two standard Finnish orange crates and a piece of string.
ECHO by HEIKKI RUOHO
Echo is made from a new recycled and recyclable corrugated cardboard. Ruoho used the exhibition as a launching point to show the results of his experiments with the material. Two pieces of the board slide and fold together, resulting in a chair that requires no glue (or any other material for that matter) to provide a comfortable seat. Too minimal? Simply customize with a sharpie.
2.5 KG CHAIR by BJÖRN DAHLSTRÖM
Weighing in at, you guessed it, 2.5 kilograms Dahlström's chair weights about half of the industry average. He suggests that by stripping away at the mass of our objects we could achieve massive change—for 50,000 of these chairs 150 tons of processed wood could be saved.
BEDOUIN by ILKKA SUPPANEN
Helsinki Design Week's Designer of the Year presents a collapsible lightweight chair that takes up very little room—minimizing both storage and transport costs. It was also constructed from entirely renewable materials.
TUPA CHAIR by SIMO HEIKKILÄ
The Tupa chair is manufactured in Fiskars, Finland from local materials—aspen wood—using local methods. The inspiration comes from using a common form of joinery from traditional home construction, albeit on a smaller scale. Just hope your cat doesn't mistake the seat for his litterbox.
RE-JACKET by PASI PÄNKÄLÄINEN
Pänkäläinen's chair makes a statement about the globe's rising temperatures and the diminishing need for his heavy winter outerwear. Re-Jacket features a standard parka fitted to a power-coated bent aluminum frame.
V.31 by LUDI ARCHITECTS
A playful chair shaped like a traditionally carved tree trunk is made from 100% wool felt. The architects feel that tremendous amounts of wood are wasted in production where was with felt nothing is lost.
FOLD. FOLD by TERHI TUOMINEN
This elegantly facetted stacking chair is made from locally sourced alder wood joined by wood glue. Its finished using an organic oil that helps to prolong it life and promote a lifetime of use.
LASTUJA LOUNGE CHAIR by TAPIO ANTTILA
Carpentry around the world produced huge amounts of chip waste that is usually destroyed by burning. Anttila suggests that were his recycled plastic chair to make it to production the chips could be sourced by the user, minimizing shipping costs and energy.