Despite it being used often in manufacturing, carbon isn’t the most biodegradable material; meaning, it will take years to decompose that excessive carbon fiber waste from a multitude of design projects these days. Further, recycling carbon fiber isn’t necessarily an easy process either. Because the mixture of resin and carbon is so stiff, it becomes difficult to separate the materials and reuse them; resulting in landfills and garbage dumps full of the stuff.
Well, leave it to designers to solve problems left behind by other designers and manufacturers.
LABEL/BREEDis an initiative where manufacturers and designers collaborate to make innovative and highly sustainable interior designs. In collaboration with the Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR), they managed to make a chair made mostly from recycled carbon materials.
Appropriately named “The Recycled Carbon Chair”, the design is engineered from 96% recycled carbon and 4% printed carbon fiber tape. By repurposing a robot which usually prints aerospace components, LABEL/BREED’s Marleen Kaptein was able to craft an artistic prototype that looks just as good as the components it’s made out of.
The robot takes sheets made from recycled carbon and cuts them into overlaying strips. These carbon strips are then fused together to make the chair sturdy while
While each chair has its own distinct carbon strip pattern, they all have the same overlaying design. And even though the design features a multitude of holes in its pattern, take note that this is ridiculously-strong carbon fiber we’re talking about.
The project is currently live on Kickstarter, where it has already has exceeded its goal of $31, 714 (it currently stands just past the $37K mark). Head on over there to find out more on this seemingly indestructible recycled piece of furniture.