One byproduct of excessive global consumption is a prolonged interest in recycling. Many everyday products are including recycled materials in their design, with some going one step further, being made from fully recycled materials. However, better than recycling is not using so many resources in the first place, and with that in mind, orchardstudio created the elastic chair.
Made from just two materials – sterling board and elastic bands – the elastic chair strips back the basic functionality of a chair, introducing materials which satisfy the functional demands made of a chair. Having sat on it myself, I can honestly say that this chair feels pretty much like any other chair. The mass of elastic bands do a surprisingly good job of supporting weight and providing comfort, and the basic frame feels secure.
Transporting the product has also been well considered. In flat-pack form, the chair takes up little more space than the size of its two side sections placed on top of each other, introducing bulk-transport possibilities with a decreased carbon footprint. Of course, the design isn’t what would traditionally be seen as beautiful, but considering it is made from minimal materials, both of which are recycled, its eco-credentials can be applauded. And you’d never need to worry about finding an elastic band again.