Collection by Sam Grawe

Live From Helsinki: EcoDesign

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At the entrance of Habitare, Finland's largest furniture and interiors expo, designer Yrjö Kukkapuro has curated an exhibition of ecologically-minded chairs. One of Finland's elder statesmen of design, Kukkapuro recently worked with UNESCO to launch a line of bamboo furnishings aimed at the Chinese domestic market. In was in the spirit of this venture that he recruited colleagues and friends from around the globe—and especially Finland—to submit their designs for seating that would not only demonstrate sound aesthetic and ergonomic principals, but also have a strong consideration for environmental impact. Click on the above slideshow button to have a look at 10 of our favorites.

SAUNA BENCH by EERO AARNIO The master of space-age pop plastics takes a turn for the natural with this sauna bench...
ORANGE BOX by HANNU KÄHÖNEN Kähönen argues that in the big picture chairs are "inessential from an ecological point of...
ECHO by HEIKKI RUOHO Echo is made from a new recycled and recyclable corrugated cardboard.
2.5 KG CHAIR by BJÖRN DAHLSTRÖM Weighing in at, you guessed it, 2.5 kilograms Dahlström's chair weights about half of...
BEDOUIN by ILKKA SUPPANEN Helsinki Design Week's Designer of the Year presents a collapsible lightweight chair that...
TUPA CHAIR by SIMO HEIKKILÄ The Tupa chair is manufactured in Fiskars, Finland from local materials—aspen wood—using...
RE-JACKET by PASI PÄNKÄLÄINEN Pänkäläinen's chair makes a statement about the globe's rising temperatures and the...
V.31 by LUDI ARCHITECTS A playful chair shaped like a traditionally carved tree trunk is made from 100% wool felt.
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LASTUJA LOUNGE CHAIR by TAPIO ANTTILA Carpentry around the world produced huge amounts of chip waste that is usually...
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