October 24-25


51 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 0B6

Putting Bio-based Materials to Work in Furniture Design

Friday, October 25


PaperShell is a groundbreaking, 100 per cent bio-based material derived from paper pulp that surpasses plastic in strength and is half the weight of aluminum. While the material has already been put to use for facade panels and automotive and electronics components, a new collaboration with Arper is carrying it into the furniture sector. Introduced at Salone del Mobile 2024, Arper’s Catifa Carta chair features a seat made from stacked paper impregnated with a biogenic hemicellulose binder, then pressed and cut into shape. At the product’s end of life, Arper will recycle it into biochar to enrich soil and regenerate forests — closing the circular loop. In this workshop, designers from both companies will outline the design and manufacturing process behind Catifa Carta and discuss how other designers can adopt the material for use in their own projects.
Sponsored by Arper