Chair-man of the board!
MORE OFTEN than not, pieces of furniture are made up of several pieces of materials all designed, cut, engineered and formed to fit into one coherent whole. The Economical Chair by Korean product designer Seungji Mun is a unique project in the sense that it is made out of a single piece of material with nothing left over or scrapped.
The Economical Chair is designed to reduce industrial waste by making use of every inch of a single piece of 4’ x 8′ international standard plywood with no material loss. The simple yet elegant design of the chair allows for four chairs to be made out of the piece of plywood without scrapping any bit of the material.
The chair is made out of a square piece of plywood for the backrest that curves under a second rectangular piece that serves as the seat. The legs of the chair are made out of two long pieces curved accordingly to create proper support. All the pieces of plywood are curved through a plywood bending technique.
The Economical Chair is the second model in the designer’s Four Brothers project, which aims to reduce industrial waste. The Four Brothers collection consists of four uniquely-designed chairs that are also produced from a single piece of wooden plate. Each chair has a different aesthetic but all four can be produced from a single piece of wood. The project aims to make mass production of the chairs simple, low-cost and without wastage of materials.
Seungji Mun studied product and furniture design at Kaywon School of Art and Design in South Korea. He is only one of many designers who are also working toward creating eco-friendly furniture that not only minimize or eliminate industrial waste, but also use materials that are environment-friendly and/or biodegradable. Earlier this year, we were introduced to designer Jean Louis Iratzoki’s Kuskoa Bi Chair, which is the first bio-based biodegradable chair in the market.