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We've all had this experience with furniture: You either have too much of it as soon as you are moving to a new place, or too little of it when you're having guests over. When you are moving, furniture is a hassle because it is bulky, heavy, and a total pain to schlep up three sets of stairs. On the other hand, furniture is much needed when your best friend decides to bring an extra guest to dinner ("You don't mind, do you?") and you go scrambling for that extra chair you probably don't have. Well, fret no more, a solution may be in sight in the form of paper furniture! You heard that right: paper. Furniture that is lightweight, easy to set up, folds away when no longer needed, and adapts and connects with each other via magnets into any configuration you like. Hm, sounds good. But wait, there's more: In addition to being made of paper and Tyvek, the material is also100% recyclable, made from 50% recycled fibers and it is flame retardant. Introducing softseating from molo, this is what the Canadian design firm's website says about their innovative and good-looking product:
The inspiration for softseating comes from a desire for flexible and spontaneous space making. softseating’s magnetic ends allow it to connect to itself forming a cylindrical stool or low table. Elements of the same size can also connect to one another to form long winding benches, providing endless seating topographies.
Designed for long term use, over time the surface texture of softseating’s paper edges soften into a natural patina.
A stiff robust unbleached paper, it is 100% recyclable and made from 50% recycled fiber. It is available in a natural warm earthy brown and a dyed bamboo charcoal black. Kraft paper elements are fire retardant.
A non-woven polyethylene material, trade name Tyvek©, it is 100% recyclable and made from 5 – 15% recycled content. Its lightweight paper look and feel is tear, UV and water resistant, making it durable to handle and maintain. textile softseating is available in translucent white and opaque black.
The textile material has a “class A” flame spread in North America.
MOLO, based in Vancouver, Canada, is a collaborative design and production studio led by architects Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen. MOLO studio is dedicated to the research of materials and the exploration of space making. As a design and manufacturing company, MOLO creates and distributes unique and innovative products to clients around the world.
MOLO’s products have received numerous international awards and can be found in collections of museums and galleries worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York
molo is currently seeking a Media Assistant and a Workshop Assistant in their Vancouver studio.
More information on the studio's website: http://molodesign.com/