Known as one of the strongest and lightest materials to work with, carbon fiber is also not without its limitations…particularly in the color department. Aiming to change that, a team of engineers with over 20 years of experience working with Formula One cars have been spending the last 7 years developing the world’s first colored carbon fiber.

Branded as ‘Hypetex‘, the new material is able to be manufactured in a wide range of eye-popping colors and is designed to be used in a variety of industries ranging from consumer goods and furniture to—coming full-circle again—Formula One cars.

To start things off with a bang, Hypetex commissioned acclaimed designer Michael Sodeau to create a product design using only Hypetex, which was unveiled at the Design Junction show in London last week.

The Halo Chair is a limited edition furniture design that highlights a strong use-case for using Hypetex: lightweight, strong and easy on the eyes.

The minimalist design uses thin walls of Hypetex to make up the seat and back of the chair in an effort to prove the stability and strength of the material.

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“The design follows the modernist rules of form and function with the removal of all unnecessary clutter, which is juxtaposed with the decorative aesthetic given by the material.” Said designer Michael Sodeau.

“The contoured shape interacts perfectly with light creating vibrant refractions on the surface of the material. When the chair is viewed from behind it hides what is in front, adding a playful quality that only reveals its full shape as you walk around it.”

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You can check out more on the Halo and where to find your own colored carbon fiber over at Hypetex.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.