Cologne-based designer creates piece of furniture based on Covestro materials
Furniture designer Thomas Schnur has created a one of a kind piece, named “The Factory of Ideas” for this year’s interzum trade fair, using a range of innovative and sustainable materials to showcase Covestro’s product portfolio – much of which is used throughout the furniture industry.
Based on a cloud structure, which transforms into a seat, Schnur said he designed “The Factory of Ideas” as he was intrigued by the potential of Covestro’s materials, having spent time researching and experimenting alongside the company’s Leverkusen application teams. An integral element in the design process was Covestro’s cardyon polyurethane foam, which is made using around 20 % carbon dioxide. cardyon is the brand name for Covestro’s products created using CO2. By incorporating CO2 to synthesize plastics, the company says it is helping to preserve increasingly scarce fossil resources while closing the carbon loop.
Each element of Schnur’s design incorporates a Covestro material: The wooden surface utilises a waterborne polyurethane coating made from Bayhydrol and Bayhydur raw materials, which provides a high level of protection and appealing appearance with low solvent content.
The seat’s fabric covers are made from Insqin, another waterborne polyurethane technology invented by Covestro, used to bring functionality to a range of coated, finished or printed textile materials. Colour, design, durability, breathability, waterproofness and pleasant hand feel are just some of these functionalities.
The blue transparent cube protecting the ‘cloud’ is made out of Makrolon polycarbonate, a very robust, lightweight material with glass-like transparency. It is impact resistant even at very low temperatures.
For Thomas Schnur “a piece of furniture is a form of communication, a means to create connections between people.” His work is inclusive and authentic, with pieces that come together to form a whole. According to Covestro, “The Factory of Ideas” provides visitors with a vision of things to come and challenges conventional thinking through new perspectives.