Friend – sofa for 2 with natural-fibre filling
In collaboration with Lammhults I have designed a two-person sofa with the filling in natural fibre rather than polyurethane foam.
In the industrial manufacture of upholstered furniture the filling almost always consists of polyurethane foam or some other polyester that contains isocyanates. These are believed to be carcinogenic and have long-term deleterious effects on water-living organisms, thereby fulfilling the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation’s
criteria for a dangerous chemical. If we can use natural fibre instead of polyurethane foam in the furniture industry this would be a big step in the right direction.
A sofa with room for two. By making an item of furniture that uses no polyesters or other chemically produced materials I demonstrate the possibility of making furniture industrially using alternative fillings.
At the drawing stage I have worked using three-dimensional models. Research has taken the form of discussion with people in the industry as well as studying material samples, testing to see how they feel against the body. I have worked with Nozag springs, rubberized hair and ecological cotton wool in the filling. The frame of the sofa is made of powder-coated steel tubing.
Lammhults, Elias Nazerian, Andreas Mattisson, Tommy Wernersson, Peter Thuresson på Lammhults, Enkev, Recticel, Hampvaruhuset, Caparol, Nevotex, Katina Schütz, Södermalms tapetserarverkstad, Kvadrat and Rasmus Steyner Randen.