Customizable Arm Chairs & Side Chairs
Atmos Arm Chairs
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Atmos Dining Chairs are stylish dining room chairs from eco-friendly materials. Artfully crafted from recycled materials and FSC certified wood, the look beautiful around the dining room table or in a home or work office. Each part is thoughtfully crafted using eco-conscious materials.
These chairs take their design cue from the simple utilitarian beauty of the Shaker tradition. The "ears" that jut out from the top of the chairs add a distinctive feature. Atmos Chairs are a comfortable way to sit while satisfying our need to conserve resources. Their construction yields 8-10 times more usable wood from a log than solid lumber. Unless otherwise specified, the webbing is sourced from surplus stocks of automotive seat belts. The wood is European beech sustainably sourced from FSC certified forests; adhesives and finishes are water based. These side and arm chairs also qualify for LEED points.
- Simple utilitarian beauty- the Shaker inspired design features "ears" that peak over the chair to represent a connection to our natural world
- Comfortable and versatile- the Atmos Arm Chair can be used as a side chair in living room or bedroom, as a dining chair - especially at the heads of the table — or for commercial use in waiting areas or offices
- Eco-efficient- the webbing is sourced from surplus stocks of automotive seat belting and the wood is sustainable sourced from FSC certified forests
- Strong and durable- the straps maintain a tension with the wood frame, actually holding it together
Atmos Arm Chairs
Atmos Side Chairs
For belts: Seat Belt Webbing is made of polyester and/or nylon fibers and may be cleaned using a solution of warm water and a mild, non-bleaching detergent. Dab excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth and allow to air-dry. Stubborn stains may be treated with most color-safe fabric cleaners or stain removers.
Not responsible for discoloration or damage due to any cleaning product used on webbing or other surfaces. Always test for color-fastness on a small, inconspicuous area first.
Follow cleaner manufacturer's instructions.
Do not force dry with heat. Dry naturally, away from direct source of heat.
For wood: Inspect joinery and mechanical fasteners regularly (at least once every six months). Inspect floor glides (at least once every six months) for signs of excessive wear and replace as necessary and more often if used on rough or abrasive surfaces such as concrete. Clean wood surfaces with a clean, soft non-abrasive cloth. Most commercial cleaners formulated for finished wood are acceptable. Avoid excessive moisture when cleaning and wipe dry with a clean, dry soft cloth. Avoid petroleum based cleaning products and bleach as these may damage finish.
To keep furniture in good condition for years and years: The natural hardwoods and hardwood veneers used in our products react to seasonal changes and dry and humid climate conditions. These changes cause expansion and contraction in wood products. Wood expands when exposed to heat and/or high humidity, and contracts when exposed to cold and/or unusually dry conditions. These extremes are often part of the normal climate in certain parts of the country. Stable atmospheric conditions are required for joints to remain tight. In most cases proper heating and cooling in indoor environments keep your furniture in favorable conditions for many years. Sunlight, smoke, cleaners, and other environmental conditions may also affect color and consistency over time. Changes in the product caused by exposure to these environmental conditions are not to be considered product defects.
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Ply Bent Wood vs. Solid Wood
Ply Bending is an eco-friendly way to craft wood & the method used for these chairs. Using solid wood is the wasteful way that most furniture is made.
Ply Bent Wood - All the Good News (details):
To make ply bent wood, also called veneer, logs are cut from trees the same as solid wood, BUT, these logs are cut to the specific length for the products that will be made from the wood. The log is put on a machine called a lathe. This turns the log, removes the bark, then peels the veneer with a VERY BIG knife. The veneer comes off the log sort of like paper towels come off a roll. Since the wood is already cut to the product’s specific length and thickness, the veneer is then cut and spliced to the set width as it comes off the log. The waste averages about 15% depending on the species of wood, the remaining wood (including the bark) goes to heating the kilns, which dry the veneer and heat the physical plant that makes the ply bent wood.
Solid Wood - The Gory Details:
To produce a board measuring 1 inch thick, a tree is cut down and sawn to random lengths of 6 to 12 feet. Since trees are round and boards are rectangular, there is substantial waste. Imagine a square within a circle and everything outside of the square is trashed. Next, the board is rough-cut from the log and the saw wastes another centimeter down the length of the log every time it makes a board. The board must be rough cut to a little less than 1-1/2 inches thick, then dried, which causes slight warpage. To make the board flat and smooth, it must be planed (shaved down). This trashes another 3/8 to 1/2 inch. We now have our 1 inch thick board, and already the waste is greater than the yield!
The Atmos Chair Collection employs ply-bending for its wood parts. Ply-bending is the most sustainable of wood processes. As it is a relatively new medium, the decorative possibilities are vast. The Atmos Chair Collection builds a new aesthetic for ply-bending, using it in combination with recycled and other sustainable resources. It is a blend of unlikely materials with potential for richness, which also leaves little impact on the biosphere. The ultimate goal is to produce affordable, simple and sophisticated designs that tell the tale of sustainable beauty.
About the Eco-Modernism aesthetic movement:
To develop sustainability, we need to alter our vision of beauty. Not to expect less, but embrace the different, and see how it offers more in terms of function and beauty, and maybe even a little romance. A term for this new vision is eco-modernism. Eco-modernism goes beyond creating products to tally LEED points; it is also an aesthetic approach to sustainability, a lifestyle commitment to re-thinking how things look to advance eco-effectiveness.