London-based product designer Émilie Voirin has courageously re-interpreted a crop of iconic modern chairs into fantastic biodegradable seats. Using woven rattan and bamboo, the designer created sustainable versions of Verner Panton‘s ‘Panton chair’, Michael Thonet‘s ‘Thonet Chair No. 18’, Charles and Ray Eames’ ‘LCW Plywood Chair’ and Frank Gehry‘s ‘Wiggle chair’. Rattan is a durable plant fiber that is often used for making furniture, baskets, and other household items, however Voirin has adapted the material to give these classic chairs a sustainable twist.
Made in collaboration with Fei Liang & Jerome Nelet, the re-interpreted classic chairs take the ironic name ‘Made in China’. Designed back in 2008 for «kkaarrlls», these four chair designs are surprising, fun and – unlike their modern forebears – completely biodegradable. Émilie Voirin studied at ENSAD Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, participated at Fabrica, and worked for Tom Dixon before establishing her own studio in London from where she designs products, creates art, and writes.
Photo © Émilie Voirin