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With innovation and circularity at its core, Mat is an exploration of how to create a contemporary shell chair with more sustainable materials than the industry norm. Designed by Danish design studio Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen and brought to life via a collaboration with Danish Technological Institute, this new chair design is the result of years of research and development.

Using a minimalistic, ever relevant silhouette with a focus on ergonomic comfort, the collection encompasses numerous variations of dining chairs and barstools. The shell of the Mat Chair is innovatively crafted using hemp and eelgrass, a type of seaweed. Hemp, a rapidly renewable resource, has been used for thousands of years, particularly favorized for its resilience, durability and versatility. It is widely recognized for its eco-friendly attributes, requiring minimal water and zero pesticides or fertilizers. Due to its immense strength and the added benefit of CO2 absorption, eelgrass, a type of seaweed, is highly durable and has a lower environmental impact compared to other materials. Eelgrass plays an ex- tremely important role in the underwater ecosystem, so instead of removing it from its natural habitat, the eelgrass that naturally washes ashore along the coasts of Denmark is collected and dried. The name Mat is a reference to the material in- novation at the core of the design. Rooted in the principles of reduce, re-use, and recycle, the Mat collection aims to revolutionize conven- tional furniture production through minimizing the chair’s environmental impact.

Available in Mat Chair, Armchair, Bar Chair 65cm, Bar Chair 75cm, Barstool 65cm, Barstool 75cm, Armchair 65cm & Armchair 75cm.

Not a spectacular design, but impressive study on circular materials. Impressive that it is not released as just one type of chair but truly as a complete collection.

Normann Copenhagen

Studio Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen