Toronto based industrial design company Fig40 was approached by GRIP Metal to develop a collection of furniture based on a new manufacturing process that would change the way many things are made today. As a result, the Perplex collection incorporates a 14 feet long concrete bench, a stool, and a concrete table.
Borrowed from the automotive industry, GRIP Metal at the bench’s core, is a consistently shaped field of hooks formed onto ultra-thin gauge metal forms. Like a metallic Velcro, it can be pressed, moulded, or cast to create a bond that is mechanical and continuous, strengthening hundreds of times per inch.
These processes not only enable new things but can reduce the energy required in product systems from making to transporting as well as enable the separating and recycling of materials.
Each of the products in the collection showcases the unique application of this new material. The 14 feet concrete bench is most impressive as it truly shows the capabilities of the material.
This collection of furniture pieces was featured at IDS16 in Toronto earlier this month.
*All images and information courtesy of Fig40.