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COVER POUF: No-Waste Furniture by Alain Bertreau

Posted By Alexandra Kain On April 19, 2008 @ 5:29 am In green furniture,Green Graphics & Packaging,Transforming Furniture | 2 Comments

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Designer Alain Bertreau creates simple furniture that cuts out excess materials and effort, leaves an overall serene and minimalistic impression, and packs light. We’ve covered Bertreau’s Instant Chair [2] and his Modular Fence Chair [3] but we only just glanced at his latest project, the Cover pouf, and it deserves a second look. Cover challenges our notion of package design by turning a cardboard box into the base of a waste-free pouf that is fun, functional and easily recyclable.


The Cover stool comes in or, depending on perspective, as a sturdy box with a foam pad inside. Just zip the pad around the box and you’ve managed assembly and clean-up in one fell swoop. When the pouf reaches the end of its functionality in your life, you can send the box-turned-furniture off to recycling.

In a MocoLoco interview [4] last May, Berteau said this to creating more stuff in an overflowing world: “It’s very easy to design with style but it’s really difficult to invent relevant solutions. Things can always be improved…at least I’m trying.” This kind of forward thinking earned Bertreau a 2007 Index Award for this effortless eco-piece. The Cover pouf is the first in what will be a complete line of furniture [5] produced by MONTIS [6] and super green Danish fabric manufacturer Kvadrat [7].

+ Index Award

+ Alain Bertreau [8]

Via MocoLoco [9]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/19/cover-stool-no-waste-furniture/

[2] Instant Chair: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/10/18/instant-chair-by-alain-bertreau/

[3] Modular Fence Chair: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/10/18/fence-instant-chair/

[4] interview: http://mocoloco.com/archives/004093.php

[5] complete line of furniture: http://www.tppii.com/

[6] MONTIS: http://www.montis.nl/

[7] Kvadrat: http://www.kvadrat.dk/

[8] + Alain Bertreau: http://www.alainberteau.com/

[9] MocoLoco: http://mocoloco.com/archives/005279.php

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