Brands are renewing the design of established and contemporary pieces to suit today’s eco-minded market, making sustainable options for outfitting projects more accessible than ever.


Barber Osgerby for Vitra

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have worked with Vitra to revise the 2011 Tip Ton plastic chair design in upcycled household waste. The recycled material in Tip Ton RE is incorporated with glass fibre for sturdiness, but is not treated with any additional colourants. ‘We wanted to keep the material as clean as possible, so what you see is what you get,’ says Vitra CEO Christian Grosen Rasmussen. ‘In the grey there are tiny speckles of other colours, that will vary a little from chair to chair.’



The LC2 and LC3 are iconic seating models reflective of the collaborative design genius of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Cassina joined forces with the Fondation Le Corbusier and heirs of the co-authors and carried out a study with at the Milan Polytechnic to develop present-day, ecological versions of the icons. Eco-friendly polyols from biorenewable sources were introduced to the foam elements and 100 per cent PET recovered mainly from the sea were added to the cushion and seat padding.


An award-winning chair from Brunner has been reimagined in renewable and raw materials. Crona Light Eco builds on the popular line, treated with environmentally friendly processes and coatings and boasting a seat shell moulded from high-quality recycled plastic. There are two choices for the seat’s support, one a four-legged frame constructed from sustainably forested beech wood, the other a steel sled base. The chair’s design ensures long-term utility as individual parts can easily be replaced.

Photo: Simona Pesarini



Anna Castelli Ferrieri brought the Componibili modular storage unit to life in 1967 for Kartell. Fifty years later, the design begged a sustainable update: Componibili Bio, developed in collaboration with Bio-on, is an eco-friendly version of the original, made of a plastic-like biomass material and available in four colours.


Normann Copenhagen

Each metre of twill Oceanic textile that Normann Copenhagen’s furniture can now be covered in contains an impressive 26 plastic bottles reclaimed from the sea. Produced by Camira Fabrics and originated from the Seaqual initiative to fight marine plastic pollution, Oceanic is made entirely from the waste. A colour palette of 16 shades in both muted and vibrant hues echo colours found on a natural shoreline. The Era Lounge Chair, designed by Simon Legald, is covered in this new fabric.



Italian furnishing company Arper teamed up with Lievore Altherr Molina to develop the Greenguard Gold-certified Duna 02 Eco chair. Its plastic shell is made from 80 per cent recycled post-industrial material and its base is comprised of four wooden legs. ‘Where possible we integrate new recycling methods into our work,’ says a spokesperson, ‘and offer products made in part from recycled materials.’