French designer Jean Louis Iratzoki's Kuskoa Bi chair is not only beautifully simple but also fully recyclable and biodegradable. Its light oak structure supports a sleek molded seat made entirely from beets, cornstarch and sugarcane. The innovative design is produced by Basque furniture brand Alki and sold as the first chair on the market with a 100% bioplastic seat.
Kuskoa Bi has classic simple lines reminiscent of those seen in the Eames’ DAW Chair. But instead of using fiberglass, the ingenious seat is entirely made from a bio-based polymer (bioplastic) made from beet, cornstarch and sugarcane. The biodegradable material was achieved by a series of mechanical processes, followed by fermentation, resulting on a compound that can be injected, extruded and even thermoformed.
The Kuskoa Bi chair’s seat was made through injection molding, a process that is commonly used for shaping non-degradable plastics. Simple and authentic, the chair is shaped to support the arms and back and comes in many pastel colors, with a version available in a soft wool-based upholstery — also biodegradable and recyclable.
Kuskoa Bi launched at the bustling Parisian trade fair Maison&Objet.
Photos by Jean Louis Iratzoki