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Brief Published: 23 Jan 2015

Maison & Objet 2015 Preview: Bioplastic Chair

Jean Louis Iratzoki for Alki

Launching at lifestyle trade show Maison & Objet (January 23-27), the Kuskoabi chair from French furniture company Alki features a seat made from a plant-based plastic polymer. Designed by Jean Louis Iratzoki, it's the first chair on the market to feature a 100% bioplastic seat.

As highlighted in Biomaterials, materials drawn from renewable sources in nature are becoming increasingly popular – particularly where they can replace and replicate conventional plastics. The material used for this design is made from a mixture of beet, corn starch and sugarcane, making it fully recyclable and biodegradable.

The minimal shape features a smooth bucket-style seat (made using an injection moulding process) atop a sturdy solid oak frame. An upholstered version of the chair will also be available.

For more on alternative plastics that provide more sustainable options, see Revaluing Plastic and Materials Focus 2015-16 Repurpose.

Look out for more coverage coming soon from Maison & Objet – including live updates from the show via Instagram. In the meantime, take a look at our coverage from September's show.