This chair is significant as a design object, and also as an example of an Australian made product that has been designed and manufactured to minimise its negative impact on the environment.
The 'Lapel' chair is produced by folding 100% recycled plastic, therefore using no glues or screws in its production. The chair can be dismantled easily for recycling at the end of its useful life. It has also been produced so that it can be shipped 'flat-packed', thus reducing its environmental impact when being transported.
Adoption of sustainable design is not a passing trend. It is fast becoming a mainstream way of thinking as we face more and more challenges in sustaining our food supply, water, and our environment. The throwaway mentality of modern day culture combined with the current environmental crisis puts a spotlight on sustainable design. It plays an important role in delivering products that have a greater lifespan, and a better efficiency in their use of materials and energy. Sustainable design is vitally important to help eliminate the negative environmental impacts of industrial production.
McLennan, J. F. (2004), The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
Fan Shu-Yang, Bill Freedman, and Raymond Cote (2004). "Principles and practice of ecological design". Environmental Reviews. 12: 97-112
Assistant Curator, July 2009