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Aparte Studio – Katra


Submitted by Noemie from Aparte Studio, Katra is the latest chair designed by this french studio (Nantes). The design approach is based on experiment between unique style and appropriate materials, which gave birth to a singular composition of fibers of ramie… The use of composite materials offers unique creative opportunities in the field of furniture design, especially in terms of shape, texture and innovative use. However, the ecological and sanitary impact associated with use of such materials remains problematic. A composite of natural origin was then essential and ramie introduced most appropriate mechanical properties for the project. This fiber, from a variety of nettle, appears among the most resistant natural fibers which possess more superior qualities than fiberglass. The design is minimalistic, the lines of Katra highlight the intrinsic qualities of the material: strength, lightness, in a formal definition that only composites can offer.