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Biodegradable furniture

Low-tech, low energy and pollution-free process; easily transferable technology to develop countries: the way to bioplastic chairs.

The chaise longue seat. Cortesy Terreform ONE
The chaise longue seat. Cortesy Terreform ONE

What if your chair wasn’t compost? This is the question after this series of experiments with biologically produced banks that, grown rather than manufactured arises. Together, Terreform ONE and Genspace developed two bioplastic chairs through similar processes: one, a chaise longue, is formed from a series of white ribs in parametric form, with a padded cover; the second, a low level seat for children, is composed of interlocking segments which can be used to rotate the chair in different ways.

Cortesy Terreform ONE
Cortesy Terreform ONE

The chairs are made of Mycoform, a material consisting of substrate mycelium – a combination of wood chips of waste gypsum and oat, with Ganoderma lucidum, a fungus that is able to digest these waste products and convert into a resistant structural material – surrounded by an outer skin of the bacterial cellulose. These two elements combine to create a material of resistant plastic suitable for not only furniture but also potentially in architecture.

Cortesy Terreform ONE
Cortesy Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE describes the process as “low-tech, low energy and pollution-free, because once the furniture has reached the end of its useful life can be removed at any rot and biological environment.” Also they described the technology as “easily transferable to developing countries,” making these banks an interesting alternative to traditional manufacturing.

Construction of the Gen2Seat for children. Cortesy Terreform ONE
Construction of the Gen2Seat for children. Cortesy Terreform ONE

Designers: Terreform ONE + Genspace
Main investigators: Mitchell Joachim, Medvedik Oliver, Melanie Fessel
Team credits: Maria Aiolova, Ellen Jorgenson, Shruti Grover, James Schwartz, Josue Ledema, Tania Doles, Philip Weller, Greg Pucillo, Shivina Harjani, Jesse Hull, Peter Zhang, Matthew Tarpley, Amanda O’Keefe, Bahar Avanoglu, Ipek Avanoglu Brent Solomon, Pedro Galindo-Landeira, Yinan Li, Sophie Fabbri

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