Flax Fiber Triplex Stool
Triplex Stool, made with flax fiber, is an experimental furniture that pushes the physical limits of a stool; from structure to weight; assembly process to after-life. It weighs less than 1.8kg.
Faced with climate change and globalization in the current era, the world needs new solutions to transform our current way of using resources and using products. The project tackles over-consumption of furniture by providing a piece that is perfect for nomadic users to move from apartment to apartment by being light and stackable; responsible to the environment by taking in biodegradable and sustainable materials; and able to be passed on from generation to generation by incorporating human touch and warmth to the material and its appearance.
The idea is to break an object into several modules that can be stacked among themselves for transportation and storage. This reduces the carbon footprint for moving around as well as increasing the owner's incentive for keeping the furniture.
The super-light module is made of flax fiber, one of the strongest natural cellulosic material found. It performs similarly to carbon fiber, but wholly made of plant and fully biodegradable. Designed with a strategically curved geometry, the less than 3mm thick stool stands elegantly on its arches and embraces weight above. Bio-resin from Ludwigsburg, Germany and California, US were tested for our first prototypes. We are now shifting to biodegradable PLA that are manufactured with corn and contains starch. We are experimenting and improving the material for degradation in a controlled environment.
The first prototype was made by German fabricators in Stuttgart who work with Porsche and Mercedes Benz making carbon fiber car shells. The team translated the knowledge and know-how of the car industry into the furniture industry. Many iterations of analog and digital models were made to attain desired form and performance. The design and engineering process involved much calculations, algorithms, simulations and automation. It is a project that fuses art and science.