With it’s earthy tones and fibrous appearance, it almost looks appetizing enough to eat. Inspired by alternative manufacturing processes that could help re-shape the Greek economy, University of Edinburgh grad Spyros Kizis has developed a way of using Artichoke Thistle fiber mixed with a new waste-oil biological epoxy resin to create a plastic-like material that is one-hundred percent biodegradable. Here, we get to see how Spyros processes the raw material and uses it to create his Artichair chair design.

Has Artichokes, Will Make Chairs

In his native Greece, the artichoke thistle is a resilient and common crop with highly-usable fiber material that is also considered invasive in some places (two birds, one stone?). Although the Artichair is still in the prototype stage right now, it doesn’t take much imagination to see where this material could go in replacing more traditional (and harmful) plastic materials in various product design applications.


In his Artichair project, Kizis explores the Cradle to Cradle concept at a raw level where the chair itself could literally be used as compost for the next crop of artichokes. To make things even sweeter, the artichoke fibers can even be used to create biofuel if Kizis ever finds himself needing some heavier machinery to produce the chair designs.

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(Images via Spyros Kizis)

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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.