The Flax chair is the result of a collaborative project with natural fibre specialist; Enkev, initiated by Label/Breed. A new composite material was created using four layers of an existing woven flax textile and five layers of a newly developed dry-needle felted flax. The woven linen and PLA (a biodegradable plastic) textile uses long flax fibres and is therefore extremely strong, whilst the felted flax material provides bulk and texture. The soft pile of fabrics is heat pressed, melting the flax and PLAinto the shape of a rigid chair.
The ambition for Meindertsma was to make an affordable, scalable, environmentally friendly, locally made product whilst exploring new production processes. That the chair made use of another quality; strength, of a now familiar material; flax, was a bonus. The chair is designed to be made from just one 60 x 100cm sheet with very little waste, only three individual parts are needed. The Flax chair is entirely biodegradable.
The flax chair is produced by Label/Breed and is in the collection of the Vitra Design Museum, National Gallery of Victoria and Boijmans van Beuningen.