liquid wood: philippe starck with eugeni quitllet created zartan for magis
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apr 20, 2011
liquid wood: philippe starck with eugeni quitllet created zartan for magis


‘zartan’ by philippe starck with eugeni quitllet for magis
image courtesy of magis

 

 

‘zartan’ by philippe starck with eugeni quitllet realizes a new approach to industrial production in a post-plastic era.
at the magis booth on the milan fairgrounds, designboom spotted this from top to toe wholly natural chair, made of a sort of  ‘liquid wood’.
the new technology uses wood powder (derived from discarded wood pulp-based lignin) which is mixed with a number of other
natural materials (fibers and wax or fish oil) to create a strong, non-toxic alternative to petroleum-based plastics.
under high-pressure conditions, the composite material behaves like melted plastic, allowing it to be injected through
a nozzle into a mold.

 

 


philippe starck at the magis presentation and ‘zartan’ in various finishes
image © designboom and rendering by philippe starck

 

 

philippe starck, in an interview with designboom elaborates:
plastic is non-biodegradable and can contain carcinogens and other toxic substances that can cause cancer.
it is based on petroleum, a non-renewable resource that will soon be harder to come by.

I imagine 5 types of different finishes for what you here just see in a raw version of the ‘zartan’ project: bamboo, flax, hemp, jute,
and rattan. this new technology explores the advantages of using natural materials to understand what will be our daily future.




‘zartan’ on show at the magis booth within the milan fairgrounds during milan design week 2011
image © designboom

 

 

‘young designers have to understand that design is not art or fashion. it must be their ultimate goal to find new solutions to real problems.
on the political side of our work we need to overcome the damage of production, recognizing the mistakes we have made,’

continues philippe starck.



structural base of the chair and close-up of the ‘liquid wood’ seat shell
image © designboom

 

 

‘we were rich – we shall be poor, what will be our dignity?’ says philippe starck to designboom.
‘we need to be less useless possible! in a post-plastic era — in a reality where we have understood that also bioplastic is a crime
against humanity — we need to be confident in the genius of mankind.

 

 


‘zartan’ on show at the magis booth within the milan fairgrounds during milan design week 2011
image © designboom



the raw seat shell
image © designboom

 

 


lignin tends to have a brownish hue
image © designboom

 

 


renderings of various finishes
image courtesy of philippe starck/magis

 

 


renderings of various finishes
image courtesy of philippe starck/magis

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