PET Felt Material Research, Case Studies…Posted: May 27, 2014
I found this information about using recycled PET felt for furniture manufacture, it sums up the benefits of using the material for the design of a chair called ‘Nobody’, a reference to the lack of a frame in the design:
Using a technique borrowed from the car industry Nobody is manufactured from two layers of thermo pressed PET felt – a 100 % recyclable material made from used water- and soda bottles. The production process neither demands an internal frame, plastic, screws, glue or other reinforcements.
NOBODY is produced in one single process by thermo pressing the polymer fibre – PET felt mat (without any kind of the frame).
The production process neither demands any additives like glues or resins, nor any additional materials like screws or reinforcements. PET felt is 100% recyclable material produced mainly of used soda/water bottles.
‘Komplflot’, who produce the ‘Nobody’ also mention that:
Light and stackable, NOBODY can be used in both public and residential interiors. Good air circulation, perfect acoustic properties of the PET felt and easiness of cleaning give additional qualities to the chair.
Another chair which inspired my design development using PET felt is the ‘Pod’ by Benjamin Hubert. A detailed series of images highlighting the design process can be found here.
This video shows the thermo pressing of the felt to produce the unique shape of the ‘Pod’.