16 May 2017
16 May 2017
Furniture designer Thomas Schnur has created a unique piece named 'The Factory of Ideas' using a range of innovative, sustainable materials to showcase Covestro’s product portfolio.
Based on a cloud structure which transforms into a seat, Schnur 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 application teams in Leverkusen, Germany. An integral element in the design process was Covestro’s cardyon polyurethane foam, which is made using around 20% CO2. By incorporating CO2 to synthesise plastics, Covestro reports 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 a pleasant feel are some of these functionalities.
The blue transparent cube protecting the ‘cloud’ is made out of Makrolon polycarbonate, a robust, lightweight material with glass-like transparency. It is impact resistant even at extremely low temperatures.
Photo provided by Thomas Schnur/Covestro
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