Softseating

November 2, 2009
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Expandable and stackable paper seating

Softseating is made entirely from kraft paper, utilizing a flexible honeycomb structure to fan open into stools, benches, and loungers. Each of the sizes and types of Softseating can be tightly compressed for storage. The seating is available in natural, unbleached brown kraft paper and kraft paper that has been dyed a deep black with bamboo charcoal ink to emphasize the geometric pattern of light and shadow. Paper Softseating can be used creatively and interchangeably as seating or low tables, and the elements can be stacked playfully as building blocks.

Softseating is not disposable nor meant for short-term use. According to the manufacturer, the paper improves with age, as the surface texture of the paper edges softens with use over time into a pleasing natural patina. When one sits on the paper stools or loungers, the edges of the paper will gently soften and crush, creating irregular facets that catch the light and form a unique organic pattern within the crisp honeycomb geometry of the structure. As the surface of the paper softens, the stools and loungers maintain their structural integrity, because the honeycomb geometry lends the paper strength and enables this economy of material resources. Softseating is flame-retardant treated and 100 percent recyclable.

Contact: Molo Design Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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