Double win at Iconic Awards 2020
The R.U.M. (ReUsed Materials) is a sustainable chair with a plastic shell made of recycled post-used plastic waste from the maritime industry, such as fishing nets, trawls and ropes. The design of the stacking chair is rooted in circular principles, with its seat, back and pipe shoe all fashioned from granulated recycled material mounted on a steel frame.
This approach earned the R.U.M Chair two Iconic Awards 2020 as the winner in ‘Innovative Architecture’ in the ‘Furniture Collection’ and as ‘Best of the Best’ in the ‘Innovative Material’ category.
- We are very pleased with the two awards and see them as an acknowledgement of our focus on both sustainability and a clean and durable design based on experience, new technological possibilities and Nordic values, says Jon Brøcker, Head of the Industrial Design department at C.F. Møller Architects.
The R.U.M. Chair is designed in collaboration with Danish furniture manufacturer Wehlers. The design of the stacking chair is rooted in circular principles, with its seat, back and pipe shoe all fashioned from granulated recycled material mounted on a steel frame. The design philosophy, is that furniture should be repaired, reused and recycled during and after end of its life cycle. With this stacking chair C.F. Møller Architects and Wehlers aimed for an optimal seating comfort translated into a handy and durable design, that also expresses its sustainable narrative through the tactility of the materials and green color of nets.
- The idea of obtaining the plastic needed for the chairs from recycled waste of nets and ropes from the fishing industry is an impressive and sustainable statement against lost nets that have become a deadly hazard for many sea creatures. Designing the seats and backs in the colour of the nets underlines the origin of the plastic material. Another consistent aspect is that all components of the R.U.M. itself can be recycled. This chair is not only sustainably produced, but also aesthetically very successful with a good message, states the Iconic Awards jury.
The German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung) is behind Iconic Awards.