- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Pineapple Paper Furniture by Yothaka
Posted By Tylene Levesque On April 5, 2008 @ 12:27 pm In green furniture,Sustainable Materials | 2 Comments
The Nut Bench is fun, colorful and made from pineapple paper to boot! Bangkok-based Yothaka International  creates hand-woven, modern Asian designs using local natural fibrous materials available in Thailand. The firm that pioneered the use of water hyacinth and Yan Lipao  (a fern-like vine found in the South of Thailand) in furniture making has introduced a Pineapple Paper collection made from locally produced pineapple paper fiber. Pineapple leaf fibers are pressed, dyed and made into eco-friendly chairs, stools and benches.
“We follow the world trends in décor when it comes to sizes, shapes and colors, but we maintain an Asian feel in our designs,” says Somchai Thanapolkiat, director of marketing and a partner in Yothaka. “It’s difficult to describe, but take a look at our products and it soon becomes apparent.”
Thailand is the first country to produce Pineapple Paper fiber and Yothaka’s new designs support the innovation by using it as the basis for its new furniture collection. While only Thai materials are used in their furniture  pieces, Yothaka has ensured that Thai people based in rural areas benefit as well – roughly 90% of the company’s output is produced by Thais.
Via Apartment Therapy 
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/pineapple-paper-furniture-by-yothaka/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/05/pineapple-paper-furniture-by-yothaka/
 Yothaka International: http://yothaka.com
 water hyacinth : http://yothaka.com/water.html
 Yan Lipao: http://yothaka.com/yan.html
 Pineapple Paper collection : http://yothaka.com/pine.html
 furniture: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/29/vivavi-brings-green-design-to-armory-show-in-nyc/
 Establishment: http://www.establishmentnyc.com/
 Apartment Therapy: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago/green-ideas/pineapple-paper-furniture-from-yothaka-044631
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.