Covestro
Maezio™ Chair

Creating a new direction for a new material

Covestro Maezio Chair : Creating a new direction for a new material.

The manufacturing process of the new developed MATERIAL Maezio™  by Covestro, served as inspiration for the Maezio™  Chair.

What is a better way to demonstrate a material and its key properties than through an innovative design object?

When Covestro introduced their new material, consisting of endless fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite material, to us and asked us to create a design study, we didn´t start off with a typical product-oriented ideation. Instead we developed scenarios of different usage of the material. Taking the most relevant decision criteria – being a good communication tool for the material properties – into account led us to a chair as one of the most classical and symbolic design statements at all.

Covestro Maezio Chair : Creating a new direction for a new material.

A design principle referring to the origin

The main design idea of the multidirectional layer arrangement was to show an oversized view of how the Maezio™ material is produced in small scale. Endless, filmy fibers are set up parallel next to each other and covered with polycarbonate. In a further processing step the resulting two-dimensional tapes are placed on top of each other in different directions and pressed into sheets. With special tools these sheets are thermoformed into the three components of the chair.

They represent the three directions of mechanical construction. Their orthogonal arrangement provides the necessary stability. The goal was to generate maximum load capacity with minimal material thickness.

Since the material has been left in its raw condition, the orientation of the fibers are visible, so that the entanglement of the fiber directions refer directly to the origin of the material.

Covestro Maezio Chair : Creating a new direction for a new material.
Covestro Maezio Chair : Creating a new direction for a new material.
Covestro Maezio Chair : Creating a new direction for a new material.

Design study as technology demonstrator

The chair design underlines the aesthetic power of Maezio™ and shows its great potential in terms of production capable application in the furniture industry and beyond. The visual appearance combines modern high-tech material with organic, wood-like structures.

Furthermore, the connecting elements can be molded directly onto the components, so that manual process steps are not required.

Covestro Maezio Chair : Creating a new direction for a new material.

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