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London based design studio Doshi Levien has designed injection molded modern chair Impossible Wood for Italian furniture company Moroso. This light chair will be launched at Milan Furniture Fair on 12 April, 2011. Following is some information by the designer, “Inspired by the characteristics of liquid wood, we decided to create a chair that references the genre of light, graceful, bent wood frame chairs but would be impossible to make in any other way than by injection molding, hence the name “impossible wood”.
We found an injection moldable material that has very different visual and tactile properties to any other industrial plastic. It is a thermoplastic composite made using 80% wood fiber and 20% polypropylene and it can be processed using conventional injection molding machines.
The pressure and heat from the mould releases moisture from the wood fiber which in turn burns on the surface of the aluminum tool, creating a random, leather-like tarnished effect.
We were intrigued by the depth and texture of liquid wood that is the opposite of slick, homogenous, surface perfect plastic, currently used for most molded chairs. Liquid wood has a used, worn, raw and earthy quality that is timeless and natural. It also smells of wood.”