Era Polymers foams used in design award-winning “Moxie Chair”
On 2 August 2018, the Australian polyurethane systems house Era Polymers announced that two of its PU foam products were used by Tafe student Kristina Melnikova to prototype and create the design of the “Moxie Chair” that has won the 2015 Australian Contemporary Emerging Design Award. Kristina Melnikova was assisted with guidance in using the PU foams by Will Huntley, Artistic Representative at the moulding material specialists Kirkside Products.
Designed as a modern piece of furniture, the Moxie Chair is soft and inviting to sit in, smooth and pleasant to touch and innovative in its production. The chair’s structure is supported by a zigzag stainless steel frame and covered in moulded polyurethane foam. Kristina Melnikova used Era Polymers' Greenlink EF510 foam in her final design piece for the competition but first created a prototype using the company's Ecofoam GP330.
Ecofoam GP330 is a general purpose rigid polyurethane foam product for pour-in-place applications. It contains no CFC’s or HCFC’s and is an environmentally friendly foam that has no ozone depleting potential. The formulation contains fire retardants and has a free rise density of 33 kg/m3. The product can be manually drill mixed at a minimum speed of 2,500 min-1 or processed through foam-dispensing equipment.
Greenlink EF510 is a high resilient and abrasion resistant elastomeric polyurethane foam. The system can be manually drill mixed at a minimum speed of 3,000 min-1, however, it is preferable to process through a plural component polyurethane dispensing machine.