R.U.M chair receives a Green Product Award in München, Germany.
Since 2013 the Green Product Award has been honoring the best innovative and sustainable products and services once a year. It is aimed at national and international, established companies and start-ups.
” With the R.U.M chair, we have made a small contribution to solving the problem of plastic in the oceans by working with it as a resource. It has been a major driving force in the design of the chair to document that it is possible to up-cycle plastic from the ocean into beautiful and usable furniture. It is great that others also think we have succeeded, and we are happy and proud to be recognized with a Green Product Award”, says Jon Brøcker, Head of Industrial Design, Designer and Architect maa.
“The use of ocean plastic and circular economy was the design brief when C.F. Møller Architects and Wehlers began the collaboration to create R.U.M. Now R.U.M has been Awarded for the achievement - Awesome”, says Henrik Holm, Director of Wehlers.
Translating sustainability into beautiful design
The stacking chair has been designed through initial sketches in line with the circular economy, with a seat, back and pipe shoe fashioned from granulated fishing nets mounted on a steel frame.
The major challenge has been to translate sustainability into a new and durable expressive design content. The solution is the visible and self-explanatory interfaces between frame and plastic shell, that both signal and promote reusability of new chairs or other products.
The distinctive linkage between frame and shell is such that the shape of the seat and the back, together with the geometry and proportions of the frame, provide the optimum seating comfort. The point where the back and frame meet has been designed as a well-positioned and ergonomic grip, making it easy to handle the chair and move it around with one hand. This feature simultaneously creates a playful and stylized wave motif when the chairs are placed in rows.
R.U.M.'s expressive content – seen as friendly, subdued and functional – has been rounded off by the Nordic design tradition. This expressive content is to be seen in the gently curved, organic shapes of the seat and back, which send out a friendly greeting to the beach pebbles and the sea, which R.U.M. is helping make that little bit cleaner.