Recycled Silk Chair, Ottoman & Stool
Meb Rure Design Studio Thursday 17 Oct 2013

The design concept was to recycle old "sari" silk ribbons and yarn, turning it into upholstery. "When I first saw silk ribbon skeins, and heard about their story it fascinated me. They were not garbage, their colours, texture are so warm and exotic. They are such stuff which you want to touch and see at home" said designer Meb Rure.                                                                                                                                                 Whole design process took one and a half years. Many prototypes were made, different material combinations were tried and many ergonomic tests were carried out to decide the final design. The designer's intention was to "present the material's best face and to create whole upholstery from small units like skeins and balls."

The hand crafted furniture was intended to provide an ecological solution for a comfortable seating experience and also to create a soft and cheerful impression.

The collection consists of a chair, an ottoman and a stool which are made from American white oak and recycled silk ribbons from Nepal. These recycled ribbons are obtained from the waste of silk used for making "Sari" which is traditional cloth of Indian ad Nepalese women.

The ethnic-inspired design aims to bring warm and cheerful atmosphere to spaces. Colourful silk balls filled with sponge inside also provide a comfortable sitting experience.  

To decrease the carbon footprint while transporting, legs are designed to be easily assembled and disassembled even by one hand.