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1.3 Chair Breathes Sustainability Into a Classic Design With Delicate Balsa Wood
Posted By Helen Morgan On October 10, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In Green Design Events,green furniture | No Comments
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.
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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URLs in this post:
 Ochroma pyramidale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochroma_pyramidale#Uses
 Kihyun Kim: http://www.kihyunkimdesign.com
 Royal College of Art: http://www.rca.ac.uk/
 100% Design: http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/
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