Details: Korea-based designers Craft Combine have elevated the utilitarian industrial pallet with patterns, printed on acrylic, affixed to simple chairs made from the wood parts of ready-for-scrap pallets.
Says Craft Combine, “Pallets are a platform for carrying freight easily. Since most used pallets are just disposed or incinerated, we decided to design a chair by using those. Old used pallets have all different histories with having each own cracks and nailed marks.”
The designers were inspired by the history of pallet itself for the design of the chairs. “Pallets were developed in the 1800’s and progressed through the Second World War and started mass production in the early 1900’s. Our pattern study was inspired by Art Deco, the prevalent design style at the moment pallets become ubiquitous.”
“Our Patterned Pallet Chair has not only a functional role but a decorative one as well. We designed for both by using the basic structure of pallet, stacking woods and also considered enhancing its solidity with an interlocked structure.”
“Pallets are made out of wood, treated in two ways, HT (Heat treatment) and MB (Methyl bromide). What we used for our work was the HT type, making the chair harmless to humans.”
“We kept the surface of the pallet. To create a unique rough style of pallet, we used oversized washers and threaded bolts for chair components.”
“We considered the back of the chair as a grid system in pattern view so that we could make a pattern with symmetry and asymmetry factors in its shape and color by using acrylic overlapping and its transparency.”
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