Solidwool‘s Welsh Mountain Hembury Chair has been shortlisted within the furnishings design class of Dezeen Awards 2023 because of its characterful seat, which is shaped out of a fibreglass-like composite made partially out of wool from Welsh Mountain sheep.
The chair’s precept materials comes from Welsh Mountain sheep, which have grazed within the valleys and steep hillsides of Wales for hundreds of years and have both darkish or light-coloured fleeces.
They’re bred for its meat versus its fleece, which is simply too coarse to spin into wool for knitting and too troublesome to dye and is subsequently usually disposed of.
“[Welsh Mountain fleeces] are plentiful, but there’s little demand for this coarse, sturdy and wiry wool,” Andy Gaurd, artistic director of Solidwool, informed Dezeen.
“[The breed is] native to the UK, so it is very important preserve these sheep and their shepherds within the landscapes they belong.”
The fibres – a complete fleece’s price per chair – are blended with bio-resin, a binding materials that incorporates 50 per cent bio-based renewable content material, that are byproducts of business processes equivalent to bio-fuel manufacturing and paper making.
The ensuing composite goals to offer an environmentally aware different to injection moulded plastics, that are generally utilized in chair design.
“Once you see the Solidwool materials, it attracts you in,” Guard added. “You’ll be able to’t assist however wish to contact it. It performs together with your thoughts.”
“Your eyes see the feel, but your arms really feel the smoothness,” he continued.
Due to its natural nature, every chair has a novel marbled look that celebrates the feel of Welsh Mountain wool, with a easy composition that enables for the fabric to face out.
The seat is supported by 4 hand-turned British ash wooden legs, which can be found in both darkish scorched or lighter, oiled finishes. A recycled metal body combines the seat and legs right into a sturdy, characterful seating answer.
“The Hembury is a novel chair which celebrates and showcases the chances of a wool composite,” Gaurd defined. “It’s designed to be cherished and be handed down by generations.”
Alongside the wooden-legged Hembury Chairs, the model additionally affords a stacking chair with slim chrome-plated metallic legs in addition to a collection of aspect tables with Solidwool tabletops. The fabric can also be bought in sheet codecs which can be utilized in a wide range of functions.
Different chairs on Dezeen made out of distinctive supplies embrace a compostable chair by Prowl Studio and a chair made from waste coffee bean shells by Mater Design.
The pictures is by Christopher Cornwell.