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A carbon fiber eames sofa

News International-French

11 Aug 2014

MoCo Loco designs a sofa made of carbon fiber tows.

The Carbon Fiber Eames Sofa is a sofa reborn using the most modern materials, and the most traditional methods.

Woven using a traditional woven caning pattern out of 12k carbon fiber tow, the sofa weighs in at single digits, the weaving pattern adding substantial strength to the design and helping with cross-bond adhesion.

"It's transparency lays bare its own construction methodology, and allows visual access to every part of the base, giving it an aesthetic coherence that feels both uncanny and curiously natural." says Matthew Strong, the designer.

The sofa's form is based on a series of prototypes at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan of an extruded fiberglass shell armchair that was being developed in the late 1950′s.

Each iteration of the design was thicker than the last in order to strengthen it enough to hold multiple sitters. However, the final iteration, at a full 3/4-inch thick, was too heavy to move easily.

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