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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: Ryan Frank’s Isabella Stools
Posted By Jon Dioffa On September 12, 2008 @ 2:00 am In Design,Green Furniture,Green Home decor,Green Products,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | No Comments
We’re great fans of Ryan Frank ‘s work  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 ! The Isabella stool provides eco-ergonomic  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’  – a sustainable, formaldehyde-free material made entirely from compressed straw.
Strawboard  is a durable material that offers a sustainable alternative to plasterboard. Brands such as Invotek  and Stramit  helped to popularize the material, and now Frank ‘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  as part of the Alternative Sitting  showcase during the London Design Festival . Founded last year by Italian-born brother and sister Nicola & Livia Giuggioli, Eco Age  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.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/12/ryan-frank-stackable-straw-isabella-stools/
 Ryan Frank: http://www.ryanfrank.net/
 work: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/24/strata-recycled-furniture-by-ryan-frank/
 London Design Festival: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/
 eco-ergonomic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/07/bklyn-designs-preview-ecosystems-furniture/
 ‘strawboard’: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/25/hoks-leed-gold-certified-straw-bale-building/
 Strawboard: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/18/prefab-friday-straw-bale-meets-factory-built-in-switzerland/
 Invotek: http://www.plantfibretechnology.com/default.aspx?pageID=5&contentID=61
 Stramit: http://www.stramit-int.com/
 Eco Age: http://www.eco-age.com/
 Alternative Sitting: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/view-event.aspx?id=880
 + Ryan Frank: http://www.ryanfrank.net
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