Published on : Thursday, March 30, 2017
After years of research, Offect and Jin Kuramoto have developed a new project which promises to be: feather light, super strong and 100 percent biological. The result is Jin – a chair with the potential to bring about radical change in the way we make furniture.
The process leading to this innovation began with a yearning to push the industry forward through research of unconventional materials – and by using our hands.
The young designer from Japan says, “Many of my ideas are born when I make prototypes and I believe that you can only find new values in design by doing so and using your hands. While working on a paper model of a chair, I found myself arriving at a new structure which became the starting point for Jin.”
The unique structure of Jin was ideally realised by using flax fiber, a biological material, that, if successfully industrialised, can make furniture both extremely light weight and high performing. The body of Jin is defined by shaping thin layers of flax fibers on top of each other, forming a strong shell around a core of air, making the surface the actual structure of the chair.
“This chair is what Offecct Lab and our Lifecircle philosophy is all about: engineers and designers working closely together to explore new and sustainable horizons of the furniture industry”, says Anders Englund design manager of Offecct.