jorrit taekema: layered coconut fiber chair
jorrit taekema: layered coconut fiber chair
sep 09, 2012

jorrit taekema: layered coconut fiber chair

‘layer chair’ by jorrit taekema

‘layer chair’ is made up of overlaying stratum of coir (coconut fibers). conceived by dutch designer jorrit taekema, the seating object is fabricated solely from the natural composite, a byproduct of the food industry which is combined with latex to form a strong, resilient chair that is biodegradable.

jorrit taekema: layered coconut fiber chair detail of the layered coconut fiber sheets

jorrit taekema: layered coconut fiber chair

  jorrit taekema: layered coconut fiber chair profile

jorrit taekema: layered coconut fiber chair sketch

  • Hm… not sure a “cushioned external shell filled with foam” is the way to go if the goals are to use by-product/waste materials and have the end result be biodegradable.

    My biggest concerns:
    1. Latex is a really common allergy, so I am always bothered when it’s used in design that is otherwise trying to be low-impact on its surroundings (human and otherwise).
    2. It looks scratchy…

  • aha! seems that a certain four letter word which begins with U and ends with Y is verboten around here

  • Way too much material, if you ask me! He could have achieved the same result with a cushioned external shell filled with foam. Even because one of the most reliable producer of the material (a dutch company dealing with many natural materials) has a not-so-cheap price list. This about the need of using such a quantity of material.
    Then the weight: the sheets of coconut fiber are sprayed with natural latex, and this increase dramatically their specific weight. A product like this could weigh as much as a Mendini’s Proust armchair!
    The shape is not so unseen, but I imagine the designer just wanted to emphasize the importance of material.

  • intersting material….cant dig the design tho…


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