Constructed entirely from traditional Korean ‘Hanji’ paper, this amazing chair is as light as paper yet incredibly sturdy. Shin Taiho, designer and co-founder of Seoul-based design studio Maezm, says that Hanji paper is made from mulberry trees that last over 1,000 years. Collaborating with local artisans, Maezm developed Hanji as a non-toxic alternative to other, less sustainable materials.
According to Taiho, the fibers of this experimental work have natural ventilation systems that control the temperature and humidity of the piece. Inhabitat was lucky enough to have a seat in a Hanji chair to test out its durability and comfort at 100% Design. We can safely say the curved frame of the chair feels not only comfortable, but unexpectedly robust for a paper-made piece of furniture!