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Rigid Inflatable Chairs

This Chair Was Made from a Solid Material That Was Heated Up and Inflated

— November 21, 2015 — Art & Design
London-based designer Rachel Harding has teamed up with Cutting Edge fabricators to create this inflated chair made from a rigid and solid material.

The 'Corian' chair is made from corian material, a solid and stain-resistant surface material most commonly used for kitchen and bathroom countertops. The hard composite material, however, when heated up becomes very soft and formable, so Harding decided to try and inflate the material to create an entirely new use for it.

Two corian sheets were cut, sealed together, heated until soft and then inflated with compressed air to form a unique balloon-like form that is actually extremely hard and durable. This brand new manufacturing process produces a chair that looks soft and light like regular inflatable furniture, but in reality is hard to the touch with the texture of stone.
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