The Bell Chair is a minimalist chair created by Germany-based industrial designer Konstantin Grcic for Magis. It is about half the weight of a normal chair and is injection molded in less than one minute. The chair is made from recycled polypropylene obtained from the waste generated by Magis’ own furniture production and from that of the local car industry. The patented material excludes almost all “virgin or new” materials and can be recycled again 100% after use. This enables the chair to use minimal components, while also putting a focus on a recyclable, versatile and affordable plastic seating solution.
Designer Konstantin Grcic used the Fauteuil 300 by Henry Massonnet from the 1970s as a model, which made the monobloc chair both popular and suitable for the masses. The chair weighs just 2.7 kilograms, making it at least one and a half kilos lighter than average plastic chairs. This fact is testament to the use of less material and causes less energy consumption during production. The key to this saving lies in its ingenious shell shape of the chair. It’s bulbous geometry is not only structurally strong, it also makes the chair extraordinarily comfortable and visually appealing.
Bell Chair is available in three colours – Sunrise, High Noon and Midnight. The responsibility of the design does not end with the product itself. Magis developed a logistics concept for Bell Chair to save additional resources. This entails a specially-designed reusable delivery pallet, which can stack up to 24 chairs. As a result, less packaging material is used, and the vertical stack reduces the footprint during transportation. At the same time the pallet doubles up as store display for retail partners and is made from the same recycled plastic as the chair.
As we’ve all become more mindful of our planet, a product’s life cycle, and our role between the two, the design world has inevitably experienced a shift toward sustainable production.