Royal College of Art graduate Christophe Machet used a “poor and unsexy” sewage pipe to create this collection of chairs.
The Pipeline collection of chairs was on show as part of this year’s Milan design week, at an exhibition titled Alcova.
Against a backdrop of an old panettone factory, Paris-based Machet presented a series of seats that all made use of the cheap and durable properties of PVC piping.
The designer utilised the pre-existing curvature of the PVC pipe to form the backrest and frame, while plywood provided a sturdy seat and legs.
“I like to find poor, unsexy materials and find a way to turn them into more interesting,” Machet told Dezeen.
“This PVC sewage pipe is an interesting material because it is made to be cheap and very durable and to last for decades.”
Machet created the chair frame using a specially designed CNC machine, which was used to cut the pipe into standardised pieces so the product could be quickly and easily assembled on demand.
The pieces were then spray-painted in white, yellow and red shades.
The seat and legs of the chair were moulded from plywood, which was left with is natural finish.
“Unlike other plastic furniture, the ingenuity of the Pipeline chair is that it is not moulded but rather cut out from a sewage pipe with a custom-made apparatus sized to fit an entire three metres long pipe, allowing for the production of a curved chair to be made within a reduced amount of time and labour,” he explained.
“The Pipeline Project is both a machine and furniture collection that is at once environmentally conscious and open to the powers of imagination,” said Machet.
The Pipeline Chair was on show at Alcova during Milan Design week, from 17 to 22 April 2018. Other projects on show in the space included Lara Bohinc‘s first collection of chairs, which were inspired by the shapes of planets and their orbits.
Christophe Machet is based in Paris. He graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2012, having previously studied at ECAL, and his work often draws upon his background in both engineering and product design.
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