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The Mat Chair: Sustainable Innovation

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The Mat Chair by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen for Normann Copenhagen is a revolutionary take on the iconic plastic shell chair, focusing on sustainability and material innovation. The chair is the result of extensive research and development, spanning about 20 years, to find a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic furniture. This commitment to sustainability is in line with current furniture trends that prioritize environmental impact and circularity.

The Mat Chair’s shell is crafted from hemp fibers, sourced from regions that grow the crop for the food and pharma industries. Hemp is an incredibly sustainable crop, sequestering CO2 and requiring minimal water and no pesticides or fertilizers. This choice of material reflects a growing interest in using natural, renewable resources in furniture design, a notable furniture trend in recent years.

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Additionally, the Mat Chair is available in a version made from a mix of hemp and eelgrass, a type of seaweed. This unconventional material choice further emphasizes the chair’s commitment to sustainability and innovative design. The use of eelgrass, which is collected from the coastline of Denmark, highlights a shift towards exploring new materials and production methods that have minimal impact on the environment, aligning with the furniture trend of exploring alternative materials.

The production process of the Mat Chair is also notable for its sustainability efforts. The hemp fibers and eelgrass are sorted, milled, and mixed with a recyclable binder to create sheets of the new material. Offcuts from the cutting process are recycled back into the production line, ensuring zero waste. This focus on sustainability and zero waste production is a key furniture trend as designers and manufacturers seek to reduce their environmental footprint.

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Overall, the Mat Chair represents a significant advancement in sustainable furniture design, showcasing how innovative materials and production methods can create beautiful and functional pieces. As consumers and designers alike become more conscious of the environmental impact of their choices, we can expect to see more furniture trends towards sustainable, eco-friendly designs like the Mat Chair.

To explore more about the Mat Chair collection and its sustainable design, visit normann-copenhagen.com.

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