Several years ago, Zurich, Switzerland–based designer Beat Karrer set out to find an environmentally friendly way to create furniture, architectural pieces, and other products. Fast-forward to 2013, and his concept is a reality: FluidSolids.
How does it work? The basic principle is a material, developed through intensive testing, that is made entirely from industrial by-products and is totally compostable. Fiber, filler, and binding agent combine into a semisolid mix that can be molded into precise forms with no waste—saving time, money, and material. In a furniture application (such as a stool), pieces (such as the legs) not made with FluidSolids can be placed into the mold so that the FluidSolid seat joins directly, and strongly, with them, with no need for screws, bolts, or nasty industrial adhesives.
For larger, more architectural applications, like a room divider or an eye-catching wall covering, customized patterns can be created, as many as are needed, and then fastened together.
No surprise: FluidSolids has been racking up industry awards. We’re eager to see where Karrer takes this product.
All images courtesy FluidSolids.