Impasto by Nikolaj Steenfatt
"Impasto is a self-invented biodegradable natural fibre composite made out of leftovers from wood-, coffee- and skin production. The raw materials are mixed with pigment into a dough, pressed, rolled and folded into flat sheets. The colours become partially mixed. This makes every sheet unique. Afterwards the sheet can be shaped by vacuum forming. The project was based on sustainable materials research. This led to experiments with different natural fibres and binders, with the aim of creating a new material that is biodegradable, easy to work with and simple to understand. The development of the production process is driven by an idea of creating a process that is adaptable to the industry, but has a unique output as if it was handmade."
arranz-bravo studio ~ garcés-de seta-bonet arquitectes
- Søren Kierkegaard (via stxxz)
As we started to imagine a seat made entirely out of cork, everyone said it wouldn’t support the body weight: then we realized we had a challenge to work on!
Cork is a very flexible material, and it is also quite strong. We found it has similarities to paper and other natural materials sourced from trees. Corkigami chair aims to take these properties to the limit.
For the shell structure, we gain strength by pressing flat four layers of 4mm thick cork using water-based pva glue. Then, we cut the shape of the flat material to be able to bend it and glue it again on a simple curved former.
The result is a shell structure strong enough to hold the body weight, that is also visually appealing, lightweight and sustainable.