The chair is based on core material plates.
The chair is based on core material plates.

A composite chair based on Airex core material plates has been shortlisted for the JEC Innovation Awards 2020.

According to foam manufacturer 3A the chair is produced using a slit pattern concept which makes it possible to produce free-formed sandwich elements without using molds or tools. Since the slit pattern has no ‘useless’ slits, up to 20% of resin and 12% weight can be saved in the final composite sandwich element, the company said.

‘Working with Airex PET [polyethylene terephthalate]-based core material brought my Formcore project to the next level,’ said Valentine Troi, chair designer. ‘The unique balance between the high technical performance and material sustainable impact enables me to design and construct not only high performing composite-oriented designs but also responsibly, [as] PET is a sustainable material and potentially recyclable or reused.’

The chair will be on display at JEC World in Paris from 3–5 March 2020.

This story uses material from 3A, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.