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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: Ryan Frank’s Isabella Stools

Posted By Jon Dioffa On September 12, 2008 @ 2:00 am In green furniture,Green Home decor,Green Products,Sustainable Materials | No Comments

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We’re great fans of Ryan Frank [2]‘s work [3] here at Inhabitat, and we can’t wait to get a firsthand glimpse of his new stackable Isabella stools at this month’s fast-approaching London Design Festival [4]! The Isabella stool provides eco-ergonomic [5] seating in addition to a sculptural storage solution inspired by hand-carved African designs. Rather than using the exotic hardwoods featured in traditional African seating, the innovative designer chose to work with 100% felted wool and ‘strawboard’ [6] – a sustainable, formaldehyde-free material made entirely from compressed straw.


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Strawboard [7] is a durable material that offers a sustainable alternative to plasterboard. Brands such as Invotek [8] and Stramit [9] helped to popularize the material, and now Frank [2]‘s stacking Isabella stools stand as a perfect example of the material’s versatility.

Frank’s new work will be showcased along with the works of six other designers at Eco Age [10] as part of the Alternative Sitting [11] showcase during the London Design Festival [4]. Founded last year by Italian-born brother and sister Nicola & Livia Giuggioli, Eco Age [10] has received lots of positive press for its holistic approach to sustainable design. It also offers a green design consultancy service and plans to launch an online shop sometime in the near future.

+ Ryan Frank [12]

+ Eco Age [10]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/12/ryan-frank-stackable-straw-isabella-stools/

[2] Ryan Frank: http://www.ryanfrank.net/

[3] work: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/24/strata-recycled-furniture-by-ryan-frank/

[4] London Design Festival: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

[5] eco-ergonomic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/07/bklyn-designs-preview-ecosystems-furniture/

[6] ‘strawboard’: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/25/hoks-leed-gold-certified-straw-bale-building/

[7] Strawboard: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/18/prefab-friday-straw-bale-meets-factory-built-in-switzerland/

[8] Invotek: http://www.plantfibretechnology.com/default.aspx?pageID=5&contentID=61

[9] Stramit: http://www.stramit-int.com/

[10] Eco Age: http://www.eco-age.com/

[11] Alternative Sitting: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/view-event.aspx?id=880

[12] + Ryan Frank: http://www.ryanfrank.net

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