London-based Michael Sodeau has become the first designer to create a product made from the coloured carbon fibre Hypetex, developed in the UK by racing-car engineers. The chair demonstrates the possibilities of using this high-tech material outside the automotive industries.
The Halo lounge chair takes a bold, graphic form with a body made from two thin discs of the material. A slightly curved circle creates a generous seat, while the circular backrest creates a striking profile from behind by completely concealing the seat.
Choosing high-strength carbon fibre for such a design allows for a minimal and light silhouette. It also has the benefit of needing no additional materials, resulting in a mono-material composition.
In a quest for innovation, designers are looking to other industries for inspiration, borrowing approaches and materials for a more engineered, technological approach to design. See our Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Design Direction React for further examples.
Halo will be launched during the London Design Festival (September 13-21 2014). Look out for further coverage of the event, coming soon.