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Sustainable furniture: Jean Louis Iratzoki shapes first bioplastic chair for Alki

Basque designer Jean Louis Iratzoki has created a chair called ‘Kuskoabi’ for French contemporary furniture company Alki.

Furniture: Jean Louis Iratzoki shapes first bioplastic chair for Alki

‘We decided that the collection we are presenting today had to be a comfortable, enveloping chair,’ says Iratzoki. To achieve this, the team opted for a semi-concave shell. The material that best enables this shape to be shaped has traditionally been plastic.

Furniture: Jean Louis Iratzoki shapes first bioplastic chair for Alki

However, the production of the synthetic solid not only depletes the world’s diminishing fossil resources, it is also a pollutant that harms the environment and is therefore contrary to Alki’s fundamental principles on sustainable development. To find a solution to this dilemma, in-depth investigative research was performed to find an alternative material: bioplastic.

Furniture: Jean Louis Iratzoki shapes first bioplastic chair for Alki

Bioplastic is a polymer with similar characteristics and properties to plastics made from non-renewable fossil fuels. It can be injected, extruded, and thermoformed, but it is made from 100% plant-based renewable resources such as beets, corn starch, and sugar cane. As a result, it is fully recyclable and its organic properties mean that, when subjected to an industrial process, it is biodegradable.

Furniture: Jean Louis Iratzoki shapes first bioplastic chair for Alki

The unique surface language of the furniture has cut out in such a way as to optimize back and arm support. This has then been delicately placed on a solid wood trestle. An upholstered version is also available.

Furniture: Jean Louis Iratzoki shapes first bioplastic chair for Alki

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