Helen Morgan

1.3 Chair Breathes Sustainability Into a Classic Design With Delicate Balsa Wood

by , 10/10/11

1.3 Chair, Kihyun Kim, bolsa wood chair, korean design, 100% design, london design festival, green design, sustainable design

The 1.3 Chair is a classic design constructed using balsa wood (from Ochroma pyramidale), a material considered a sustainable alternative to many other woods. Designed by Kihyun Kim, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art, the lightweight chair is yet another fantastic piece of furniture spotted at the Korea Pavillion at this year’s 100% Design show.



1.3 Chair, Kihyun Kim, bolsa wood chair, korean design, 100% design, london design festival, green design, sustainable design

After years spent studying alternative materials, Kim was intrigued by the unique hardwood properties of balsa wood. As it grows nearly 21 meters in 7 years, Kim says that balsa wood has the potential to be a greener choice for production.

Not only is the 3.1 a practical piece of furniture with an adaptable design and delicate aesthetic, but it is structurally sound.

+ Kihyun Kim

Images courtesy of Kihyun Kim

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