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Sofi Chair

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Sofi Chair

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Make-it-Yourself

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Furniture

Waste Materials

Books & Magazines

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The Sofi Chair is made with reused paper from newspaper and magazines that came into my mailbox while waiting for the SOFI number (citizen number of Rotterdam. It goes one step further with the use of paper as a structure, by building a chair as an ironic sign of the waiting to get the SOFI number. The sofi chair was possible by mixing paper techniques. It has a wood-like external finish due to the varnish layer. For more information about this product or other projects by retrain please visit: http://retrain.endekos.comhttp://www.facebook.com/retrain

Materials & Equipment List

Reused paper from newspaper and magazines Flax stringsCotton StringVarnishGlueRopesThin wooden Blocks

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To make the sofi chair there were used newspapers and packages with magazines and advertisements inside. All this paper is left on my mailbox. The amount of publicity received during the manufacture of the chair is enough to make at least another one.
The sofi chair was possible by mixing paper techniques. The braiding was evolved, by adding to the core of the braids flax strings; which increases the strength of it. This was necessary because of the weight that the braiding supports. The flex ropes help to distribute the weight to avoid breakage of the braided paper.
Used newspapers and packages with magazines and advertisements inside allowed me to feel free to choose between textures, strengths and final aesthetics of the paper use on each component. As an example, paper used on the legs came from full color magazines, with smooth and strong paper; whereas paper used on the braiding came from newspapers, with high flexibility and absorption.
Its legs are topped with cotton string coated with a thin layer of glue which further compresses paper and embellish the whole. The structure is bound with ropes and using thin wooden blocks as a reinforcement in weak unions.
The sofi chair has a wood-like external finish due to the varnish layer.
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Santander

Spain

The Retrain project was created by Ruben Iglesias (aka rubcn), a designer from Barcelona, in order to explore and experience new ways of creative...

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