PRESS INFORMATION FRAME LAB FEBRUARY 20-21, 2019
Two Belgian circular-driven companies:
•Resortecs, a visionary company making dissolvable stitching threads for easy repair and recycling and,
•Motief Atelier, a forward-thinking upholstery company
joined hands to present an innovative eco-design chair at Frame Lab in Amsterdam on February 20-21, 2019.
For future-curious designers and architects the complete circular chair (C3) is an inspiring example of a new way of making furniture that facilitates maintenance and control of the end-of-life cycle. Unlike the current sustainable offer, C3 allows the use of traditional techniques that are part of the furniture heritage.It is a perfect symbiosis between craftsmanship and innovation yet completely inconspicuous.
Furniture recycling and repair are complicated as the removal of fabric and the filling materials calls for manual assistance, making the process both costly and time consuming.
Moreover, most of current filling materials obstruct the recycling process.
Resortecs solves this problem by supplying a stitching thread that dissolves at a high temperature. When used for regular seams, a chair cover can easily be disassembled so that the fabric can be reused or recycled.
Motief Atelier built an expertise in the selection of sustainable raw materialsthat replace the unrecyclable foams and fabrics. All their products are designed with the entire lifecycle in mind.
Sarah de Schepper from Motief Atelier:“Being invited by Frame magazine to present our innovation to leading architects and designers feels like a major step in reaching the bigger public”.
“We are especially looking forward to future collaborations opportunities that will arise from this event”, adds Cédric Vanhoeck from Resortecs.
In April 2017 Nathalie Van Hulle and Sarah De Schepper founded Motief Atelier, an upholstery business with a strong focus on natural and locally sourced materials. Nathalie and Sarah both like design and the beauty of natural products. To them, craftsmanship is an expression of quality, passion and mindset. However as engineers (they both have a master of science degree in engineering), they are ambitious, research driven and curious. As a result, they innovate in the techniques and materials used, and in the way they do business. But they never lose sight of the environment because they realize it is indispensable to the quality of life.
Resortecsis a brand of Regeneration bvba, a Belgian company created in 2017 who’s aim is to engineer circular economy in fashion.
The founders are Cedric Vanhoeck and Vanessa Counaert. Cedric is an industrial design engineer from TU Delft and a fashion designer. Vanessa holds a MBA from Solvay Business School with 15 years of experience in the medical industry. Those skill sets complement each other to create the needed multidisciplinarity to develop game-changing ideas and business models that can help reinvent the industry.
Established in 1997, Frame is the world’s leading media brand for interior design professionals. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Frame has today become a multi-channel platform that empowers interior designers and architects to create spatial excellence.
Frame Lab is a two-day event organized in collaboration with the interior business association IBA, showcasing the future of spaces through a blend of talks, exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions. Experimentation, curation and future trend forecasting are key elements as Frame Lab aims to surprise and engage.
The next Frame Awards and Frame Lab will be held 20-21 February 2019.
Resortecs as well as Motief Atelier work following the circular economy principles.
Circular Economy aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. It efficiently recirculates the raw material and valuable resources used to produce new goods. The world is already using approximately 1.6 planet’s worth of resources every year. There is an urgent opportunity to shift from “take-make-waste” production and consumption models to a model where resource loops are tightened and valuable materials recovered. Eco design puts this principle in practice in objects and products like furniture.