The Framework circular economy will take away uncertainties and doubts regarding rules and regulations.
Sett CE: timeless design
In addition to the original Sett sofa, Gispen has developed an improved, circular model to the series: Sett CE. This sofa is made out of no less than 95% recycled materials. The shell of the sofa was created by 3D printing plastic waste. The foam of the seat and backrest, the polyester lining and the upholstery is also made of recycled materials. Moreover, all the materials this sofa consists of are separable; every single component can be reprocessed into a new product.
Awards and prizes
Dutch Design Award
The circular evolution of the Sett sofa has increased the circular score of Sett CE from 1 to 4 stars on the Gispen Design Framework – the circular benchmark for products designed by Gispen. In addition, Sett CE was awarded with a Dutch Design Award; the sofa came out best in the Product category.
An extract from the jury report:
"With this product, Gispen has produced the perfect result of years of research and development in the circular industry. The workable, circular system for a consumer product of this scale is praised and can serve as an example for the entire manufacturing industry. The innovation is not so much in its shape, but rather in the way it is created and how it functions. This is an example of the new aesthetic standard in circular design: the sofa does not advertise its sustainable features, instead its reuse of materials is silently incorporated into a timeless design."
The Sett CE sofa has also been awarded the Erkenning Goed Industrieel Ontwerp 2019 (GIO), the Dutch equivalent of the Excellent Industrial Design award.
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE NEW AESTHETIC STANDARD IN CIRCULAR DESIGN: THE SOFA DOES NOT ADVERTISE ITS SUSTAINABLE FEATURES, INSTEAD ITS REUSE OF MATERIALS IS SILENTLY INCORPORATED INTO A TIMELESS DESIGN
The professional’s thoughts
‘I could not be more proud of the Sett CE sofa because it was such an enormous challenge; at first no one thought we could pull it off. By working together, persevering and not deviating from our goal, we have brought sustainability and design together!’
From plastic waste to designer product
Gispen has joined forces with Searious Business to take up the challenge of making a new designer product out of plastic waste. Many of our clients are returning their filing cabinets; a result of digitisation – using less paper at the office has made these cabinets redundant. The cabinets have steel frames which are easy to reuse. The plastic tambour doors proved more of a challenge, which is why we decided to process them into a new material which became the main resource for the Sett CE sofa.
When we started out, it seemed almost impossible to make a sofa out of plastic waste, which is why we put together a team of specialists. We got together with Searious Business, TU Delft, Marcel van Galen Design, Wittenburg and 10XL and developed a new resource out of the plastic tambour doors. The most impressive feature of this material is that it can be 3D printed up to 10 times without adding any new material. This was important to us because this ensures that the lifespan of the material is extended drastically. Moreover, while we were in the developing process, we found out that we could 3D print clever linkages, which was not possible before.
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Heineken Netherlands was the first to opt for the Sett CE sofa. Find out more and read the news item: Heineken® on its way to 100% circular.