Furniture goes Carbon

Posted on August 15, 2007 Under Design

I’ve wondered for a few years why we don’t see more carbon fiber in furniture design — especially since it’s been used to make oddly shaped bicycle frames and body panels for F1 cars for years. It’s not much more difficult to work with than fiberglass, but I guess when it comes down to it, the answer is probably cost. Even that’s turning around these days, and we’re starting to notice this high-tech material creeping into the fringes of the furniture design world.

I mentioned the carbon fiber Eames chairs the other day and now, I’ve stumbled into the Carbon Table by Guy Brown, one of the four masterminds behind Farm Designs. Brown’s table — listed under “tables” on the site — is a study in simplicity; the carbon fiber plane of the table’s surface almost floats on the minimal wire legs. The carbon fiber pattern offers just a hint of texture to the other black tabletop. While I wouldn’t want a room full of carbon fiber furniture, a table or a pair of chairs might prove to be an interesting discussion piece. Of course, if you really want to go overboard, you could always shoot for this carbon fiber toilet seat…no pun intended, of course.