The Spun Chair: A Sculpture That Rotates You

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Our first entry into the MetaEfficient gallery is the Spun Chair by¬†Heatherwick Studio. Is it an oversized toy? Is it a sculpture? Is it a piece of furniture? All three perhaps. I first spotted the Spun Chair while at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Everyone who took the chair for a spin seemed to be delighted. The chair gives …

MIT Says Relax & Recharge On A Solar Powered Rocker

Architecture students at MIT, led by Professor Sheila Kennedy, recently unveiled their latest design for the Massachusetts’ based school’s 150th anniversary Festival of Art+Science+Technology (FAST). These solar powered SOFT rockers allow you to plug in and recharge your USB device while relaxing outdoors. With a soft wood construction, the rocker makes use of the balance from human body weight to …

Low Raffia Chair by Horchow

This low-profile chair is made of renewable materials like raffia and wicker. It’s priced at $349.90 plus $86 shipping (currently on backorder). Available from Horchow.

Modern Rattan Lounge Chair

This “donut chair” is an example of modern wicker design. The dark two tone color comes for the natural color of the rattan. It has a washable cotton cushion. Rattan furniture is durable, smooth to the touch and made from plants that grow quickly and replenish easily. Available from Surroundings for $295 each. They also have this rattan Tika Armchair:

Bent Ply Chairs

Even retail stores sometimes offer efficient bent plywood furniture, like Hold Everything which sells this “Bent Ply” chair. You may need to go to their site and zoom in to get a good look at the wood grain. Available in four different stains for $88 (including shipping) from Hold Everything. This attractive “Kinetic Santa Catarina” chair (below) is available from …

Ultrametaefficient: Cork Chaise Lounge by Daniel Michalik

This cork chaise lounge, designed by Daniel Michalik, qualifies as being ultrametaefficient because it is: made with a renewable material, light, aesthetic, waterproof and impervious to rot and mold. It can be used indoors or outdoors.

Renewable Rocking Chair: IKEA/PS GULLHOLMEN

This minimalist rocking chair is made of renewable banana leaves and rattan. It has a steel base. It is quite comfortable to sit in and massages your pressure points a little. Available from: Ikea ($59)

Reclaimed White Oak Chair by Whit McLeod

This chair is made of 100% white oak salvaged from wine barrels discarded by California wineries. It is treated with linseed oil. The chair folds together like so: The price for one chair is $125. They also construct other furniture. Available from: Whit McLeod

FutureProof/ed: IForm: Voxia: Oto Chair

The Oto chair is made from a single piece of molded beech plywood. It is part of Peter Karpf’s Voxia line of furniture. The chairs are shaped into their 3D form in one continuous process — this minimizes cut-away wood and energy used in manufacturing. The beech plywood comes from a sustainably managed forest in Belgium close to the production …