Rhode Island School of Design's Department of Furniture Design to Present Recyclable Composites at International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Students to Showcase Work at the Jacob Javits Convention Center
May 14-17, 2011
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY
With sunken, web-like chairs and light fixtures evoking the slot canyons of the American Southwest, Recyclable Composites puts the work of 12 RISD students on display, pushing the boundaries of design while directly addressing issues of sustainability.
Recyclable Composites showcases innovative applications of advanced composites in new contexts. Existing composites rely heavily on irreversible resins, which cannot be recycled. Twintex®, a commingled glass and thermoplastic polypropylene fiber filament, is solidified by a reversible heat treatment. Twintex® products are thermoplastic composites which can be recycled. Therefore, they present an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional composites.
Through a rigorous developmental research process students explored the material Twintex® beyond its conventional use to create dynamic furniture and lighting fixtures. These explorations, while highlighting the potential of recyclable composites, are pushing the boundaries of both design and customary manufacturing techniques. Recyclable Composites manifests the Furniture Design Department’s commitment to research, innovation and sustainability as key pedagogical areas of focus. read more >>
Vivian Chiu, BFA 2011 Furniture Design
Fu Lei Zhi
Fu Lei Zhi is a bench made by wrapping Twintex® around a wooden mold to create a weave structure. Each half is made of 8 layers of Twintex® that converge at the bottom corners. This design was an experiment in the structural ability of Twintex® and focuses on the negative space created by the weave patterns.