S-1500 up-cycled chair by Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products - Photo: ©Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snøhetta.
S-1500 up-cycled chair by Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products – All photos: ©Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snøhetta.

Stockholm 2019Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products teamed up to develop a chair with a body made from 100 % recycled plastic from the local fish farming industry in the North of Norway, and a subframe made from recycled steel. Known as S-1500 is a structural redesign of Norwegian modernist Bendt Winge’s classic R-48 chair from the late sixties, which is also produced by NCP.

S-1500 up-cycled chair by Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products - Photo: ©Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snøhetta.
S-1500 up-cycled chair by Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products – All photos: ©Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snøhetta.

Consumers and industry need to acknowledge the value inherent in used plastic and find ways to substitute virgin plastic with recycled material”. Explain at Snøhetta . “With the development of the S-1500 chair, we hope to inspire people to employ waste material in new and sustainable ways through innovation and design.”

S-1500 up-cycled chair by Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products - Photo: ©Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snøhetta.
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The challenge was to eliminate the need to use new raw material in the production. The result is a chair with one of the lowest carbon footprint in the market. Local fish farming companies supply NCP worn-out fish nets, ropes and pipes from their operations. 

Once these components are worn out they can be collected, processed and subsequently grinded into a granulate that can be injected into formwork, generating endless of possibilities for developing new objects.

S-1500 up-cycled chair by Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products - Photo: ©Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snøhetta.

Due to its production technique and varying plastic compositions, the pattern of each chair will be unique, even though the chair will be mass produced. Its matte, pebbled, dark green surface bears resemblance to marble.

It tells the story of plastic that has been on a journey as fish nets in the North Sea, to the production facilities of NCP and eventually ends up as a chair in a school, a home or a public facility,” explain at Snøhetta.

S-1500 up-cycled chair by Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products - Photo: ©Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snøhetta.

All photos and video: © Bjørnar Øvrebø, courtesy of Snohetta.