The ‘do’ chair is the latest in a line of ecodesign-led products from Welsh contemporary office seating company, Orangebox, who are no ordinary seating company. They take their environmental and social responsibility seriously. They care, and design accordingly. In fact design is at the core of their business model.
The ‘do’ chair is their most impressive offering yet. It looks great, has been designed to carefully consider its full life cycle (through to strategies for reuse), and shows without any doubt that ecodesign and good design are one and the same thing. The chair has a clear focus on less materials, parts and product miles without any compromise on style, quality or functionality.
It’s good timing too with the thought provoking Do Lectures on this weekend in West Wales, and Orangebox being a founding partner. All in the doing!
Have a look at their website and refreshing brochure. See also reviews from Think Furniture and Office Furniture Scene.
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I recently attended the INSPIRING MATTER innovative encounters between science, art and design hosted by the RCA‘s Materials for Living Hub and the Materials and Design Exchange of the MATERIALS KTN. The event brought scientists, artists, designers, anthropologists and material enthusiasts in general together to ‘facilitate dialogue’ across material related disciplines.
Materials are products. I’m not a material scientist, I am a design-researcher and I understand the difference between a good product and a bad one. This idea of a material being a product is not a new one, but there is a new level of material control or design intent that is available to us now that has not been previously. We can design materials to behave in unique and innovative ways that suit our visions and whims. We can create responsive materials, e-paper, and even, materials that appear to be invisible. It is clear that material science is undergoing some evolution. I see this from a number of perspectives . . .