“We wanted to do a versatile, plastic, stacking chair in recycled materials,” states Christian Andresen, Head of Design at Fritz Hansen.
“Collaborating with studio Nendo meant the design would be simple and elegant, a really nice blend of Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics.”
The result is the N02™ Recycle, a multi-use chair made from upcycled plastic household waste that can be recycled again–the first chair Fritz Hansen has produced in coloured, recycled Polypropylene.
The crease in the chair’s back inspired Sato’s design; a folded piece of paper on the designer’s studio table.
The folded paper translated into a crease in the chair’s shell that makes the design support the sitter’s upper and lower back.
The chair’s elegant shell is made of circular plastic, meaning it is made of recycled plastic that can be recycled again if necessary.
The plastic used for N02™ Recycle comes from the household, plastic waste collected, processed and upcycled in central Europe, reducing transportation.
“The fact that the material is constructed from everyday recycled plastic creates an extra connection between the user and the chair,” says Oki Sato of Nendo.
“It’s an accessible design made for everyday use and made from everyday recycled, household plastics.”
The seven colour options are inspired by Scandinavian nature and, along with multiple base options, make N02 Recycle particularly applicable for work, meeting and dining arrangements.
These colours and multiple leg options make N02™ Recycle a strong solution for dining rooms, home offices, meeting rooms or as extra, multi-purpose seating.
The wipeable, plastic shell is child-friendly and very easy to clean.
N02™ Recycle can also be considered a statement of intent from Fritz Hansen.
It was not easy to create a recycled and recyclable chair that meets Fritz Hansen’s quality standards, but the result was worth all the experiments and hours spent brainstorming.
“The EU-Ecolabel stands for strict environmental requirements in all relevant phases of the product’s life cycle,” explains Andresen.
“Everything from raw materials to production, use, disposal and recycling is included in the assessment.”
Manufacturer: Fritz Hansen A/S