Designer uses Covestro materials create piece furniture

Designer uses Covestro materials to create piece of furniture

8:57 AM, 15th May 2017
Designer uses Covestro materials to create piece of furniture
The exhibit shows the transformation of a cloud structure into a seat, using a range of Covestro’s products, much of which is used throughout the furniture industry.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Furniture designer Thomas Schnur has created a one of a kind piece, named “The Factory of Ideas”, 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, aged 33, said he designed “The Factory of Ideas” as he was fascinated 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 percent carbon dioxide (CO2).

Cardyon is the brand name for Covestro’s products created using CO2. By incorporating CO2 to synthesise plastics, the company is helping to preserve increasingly scarce fossil resources while closing the carbon loop. 

Various products in one piece of furniture

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, an extremely robust, lightweight material with glass-like transparency. It is impact resistant even at extremely 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. 

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