Designer Christien Meindertsma and natural fibre specialist Enkev have teamed up to create groundbreaking material that combines the natural fibres of flax with strong bio-plastic fibres, making a revolutionary material that can be heat-pressed into unbelievable shapes.
The Flax chair is composed of four layers of woven flax and five layers of dry-needled felted flax, both containing PLA fibre. It goes into a mould and is heat-pressed. The PLA then melts into everything and makes the composite hard and strong. Christien designed the chair to be made from one sheet of composite measuring roughly 2 feet by 3 feet, with very little waste. The initial run will use straw-coloured natural flax, but it can be dyed, so future offerings could include a rainbow of colours.
The Flax chair was the big winner of the Dutch Design Awards 2016 and has been purchased by the Vitra Design Museum.