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Kumo Side Chairs
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- Ply-bending is a low energy process
- Ply-bending maximizes use of lumber
- Creatively incorporates the aesthetic use of recycled materials
These airy, Asian-inspired chairs use recycled belting from car and airplane manufacturers for their seats and backs, instead of using the decidedly environmentally-unfriendly urethane foam. The belting is fade resistant, very strong and long lasting. They are available in many beautiful colors, including a lustrous Black and Flaming Red. The wood is European beech and sustainably sourced from both PEFC and FSC certified forests; adhesives and finishes are non-toxic and water based. Chair qualifies for LEED points. Suitable for residential and appropriate business applications.
- Lively, Asian design- the top frame of the chair juts out just a little bit to give the Kumos Chairs a playful, Asian-inspired feel
- Comfortable and versatile- the armless chair can be used as a side chair or as a dining chair
- 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 are durable, easy to care for and strong
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.
How it Works
Ply Bent Wood versus Solid Wood
Solid Wood: 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!
Ply Bent Wood: 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.
Kumo Chairs employ ply-bending for their wood parts. Ply-bending is the most sustainable of wood processes. As it is a relatively new medium, the decorative possibilities are vast. The Kumo Chairs build a new aesthetic for ply-bending, using it in combination with recycled and other sustainable resources. They are a rich blend of unlikely materials, 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 design philosophy:
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.
The Eco-modernism is designed to:
- demonstrate greater beauty with a clear eco-potential
- creatively incorporate the aesthetic use of recycled materials
- embody subtle references to nature
- encourage customers to venture beyond the status quo
- eliminate environmentally problematic materials from our processes
- engineer designs that optimize resources beyond present technology
- have the smallest carbon footprint possible