Evelyn Lee

REFORM FURNITURE

by , 07/25/06
filed under: green furniture

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Much like a one-pot meal, furniture constructed from a single piece of material is efficient to make, leaves little waste, and offers plenty of room for variation and innovation. The new Reform collection of furniture at Vivavi is all made from a single sheet of ¼” aluminum, cut and folded origami-style into sleek minimalist pieces that would make Mies proud.

Impressively, the furniture uses no adhesives or hardware to hold any of the pieces in shape, and all materials are 100% recyclable, in case you ever need to switch up your decor. They could even be recycled into another piece from the Reform Collection, if you ever get bored with your table and decide you want a chair instead!

Reform is committed to the deeper aspects of sustainable design, and embraces business as a vehicle for positive change. The company advocates pricing based on true cost, meaning that the prices on their products take into account environmental and social costs, which are usually hidden from the consumer. Of course, true cost often means higher cost, but put into context, we come to understand that if we’re not paying for resources and labor, the Earth and society pay the price. In a Reform chair, you can rest easy knowing the whole story.

Starting at $450.00 from Vivavi

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  1. Philip August 15, 2006 at 4:51 am

    In defense of Aluminum…

    Needing to correct people about the often exagerated environmental impact of this mateial can be exhausting. I had to correct my udergraduate professors often enough to know.

    The spectre of “resource extraction” that James alludes to above refers to the energy intensivity of Aluminum production. Basically, it takes more energy to synthesize one unit of aluminum than it does to synthesize one unit of carbon steel. And it (presumably) requires an attedant increase in fossil fuel use as a result. What’s missing from this narrative is the understanding that this greater intensivity in the metal’s energy requirements is highly localized to the point of it’s initial extraction from ore. It doesn’t require the same commitment of resources every time the raw material is reformed industrially. In fact, Aluminum’s malleability, ductility and strength to weight ratio contribute to making it marginally less energy intensive throughout it’s life cycle. The relative mechanical ease with which it can be recycled contributes to this. It’s precisely because aluminum is already reasonably abundant in the industrial landscape in it’s post-refinement form that it’s primary energy requirements are not the anathema to the environment’s health they are often treated as .

  2. Joshua August 7, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    There’s more single-sheet cut and bend goodness at http://www.oncotton.co.uk/peter/index/index2.html .
    Peter Callesen takes single sheets of paper, makes cuts in it, and forms the slivers or pieces of paper into a single sculpture / artform. Very impressive; link goes to his gallery.

  3. James July 28, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    aluminum is one of the least environmentally friendly, resource-extractive materials in the world. you can recycle it? great. you can recycle a tree after it’s cut down, too.

  4. Alan July 28, 2006 at 2:30 am

    It’s clean furniture for the rich. I guess they forgot to say that…

  5. Norm July 27, 2006 at 6:37 am

    That’s where IKEA rocks… unique design and efficient pricing. Why so often designers think their products are Veblen goods and price it as such when it’s really just another neat design of the week. Less I spend on this, more I can put toward a sustainable green roof.

  6. Andrew July 25, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    The price sure doesn’t dictate efficient design.

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