Design studio The New Raw goes zero waste by creating a limited edition of the Ermis chair, which has been crafted from the waste material of their in-house production facilities in Rotterdam. The project has been announced as the public vote winner for seating design of the Dezeen Awards 2021.
The New Raw (design duo, Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki) breathes new life into their own waste and at the same time creates one-of-a-kind objects of high quality and durability. The Ermis chairs are made with batches of different coloured production waste, which provide a unique identity to each piece of furniture through unexpected colour transitions and gradients.
The monolithic seat of the Ermis chair follows simple and ergonomic lines and is robotically crafted with a single spiral plastic thread. The layer orientation constantly follows the geometry of the chair via a slight rotation. As a result, the chair is strong with a minimal material usage. At the same time, this technique creates a graphic texture on its surface.
The adhesives and resins (glues) and the additional finishing and coatings (for colouring or glossiness) commonly used in traditional furniture manufacturing, make the harvesting of recyclable materials challenging at the end of their life. To address this, The New Raw works in a mono-material approach. In this way, at the end of their use, products can be crushed and directly used as raw material for another product or project.
The furniture is 100% recyclable and is made with plastic waste that has been recycled for the second time.
Photos: Michele Margot