The 1.3 Chair is a classic design constructed using balsa wood (from Ochroma pyramidale), a material considered a sustainable alternative to many other woods. Designed by Kihyun Kim, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art, the lightweight chair is yet another fantastic piece of furniture spotted at the Korea Pavillion at this year’s 100% Design show.

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After years spent studying alternative materials, Kim was intrigued by the unique hardwood properties of balsa wood. As it grows nearly 21 meters in 7 years, Kim says that balsa wood has the potential to be a greener choice for production.

Not only is the 3.1 a practical piece of furniture with an adaptable design and delicate aesthetic, but it is structurally sound.

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Images courtesy of Kihyun Kim