We really like PET felt. PET Felt is recycled, recyclable and offers great sound dampening properties and comfort.
After an extended period of research and experimentation with this new material, the Dutch product design company perfected their use of PET felt and begun working on a new collection, the LJ Series. Amsterdam-based designer Laurens van Wieringen joined the team for the ultimate design. His eagerness to dissect the possibilities of materials made him and De Vorm a perfect match in the development of LJ Series, combining their passion for innovation in a new product.
"It was clear from the beginning: we wanted to make chairs out of recycled PET bottles. That was our starting point."
Soft fibres extracted from recycled PET bottles are weaved into thin layers of felt which are then pressed into thicker sheets that are introduced into the seat moulds.
Thanks to the efficient 3D pressing method, the felt comes out firm and strong in the final shape of the seat, which is placed on a straightforward bended and welded metal frame.
"We believe PET Technology is one of the answers to ecological sustainability and environmental quality requirements in contemporary interior design."
Despite being produced in Western Europe, the simple, innovative manufacturing techniques and use of PET felt makes the LJ Series an affordable design product.
The result is a simple, comfortable and striking design whose sustainable material lends it a soft, natural touch and sound dampening properties.
The use of PET felt, means that a series of traditional steps in the production line are made redundant, with the manufacturing virtually coming down to a single, smart 3D pressing technique.
In January 2015, the series was awarded the title of 'Best of Best' during the Interior Innovation Awards in Cologne, where judges defined it as ‘economic’ and ‘full of character’.