Designer Justin Floyd has cooked up a durable new furniture material made from wool – right in his own oven. Called “Solidwool,” the hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and even baths. Made from coarse wool sheared off upland Herdwick sheep, the gorgeous chairs offer a new way to use a beloved material that is sustainably harvested.
Floyd, a product designer, created Solidwool in his own kitchen at night after work, using his oven to experiment with turning bales of wool into hardened materials. Floyd began with dark, course Herdwick fleece, eager to transform the sustainable material into a usable component for furniture, and succeeded in reinvigorating his hometown of Buckfastleigh’s the wool industry in the process. The wool is meshed with environmentally-friendly bio-resin that is low in toxins.
For now, the wool composite, which acts like an organic fiberglass material, can be molded into comfy and durable chairs, solid counter tops, and smooth bathtubs. Eventually the designer hopes his Solidwool might also be used as a sustainable replacement for Injection Moulded Polymers and fiberglass for manufacturing structural parts.
Inspired by Eames designs, the Solidwool line provides an innovative, sustainable furniture alternative, and reenlivens a sleepy, historic industry in the designer’s hometown.
Via The Telegraph