A large part of the design process consists of reflecting on materials, their quality, durability, origin, environmental impact and life cycle. Normann Copenhagen constantly seeks new ways to introduce more circular designs into the collection.
Bit Stools are crafted used recycled plastic. The plastic originates primarily from post-industrial waste, mixed will smaller portions of household waste. Once the plastic waste is collected, it is chopped into smaller fragments and colour-sorted into the 10 different Bit Stool colour variants.
For the forming of the Bit Stool, the colour-sorted plastic fragments are weighed to ensure that the exact amount required is used – 4.5 kg. The material is poured into the Bit Stool moulds, and cast using a rotational moulding technique with a temperature of precisely 120°C.
This is particularly important, since overheating can damage the structure of the plastic, making it unsuitable for further recycling. Instead, the 120°C melting point enables the Bit Stool to be reheated and recycled repeatedly without altering the material’s properties.
The result is a circular design suitable for a wealth of functions and settings. Bit Stool can be used in indoor and outdoor environments, withstanding temperatures from -10°C to +50°C. Its straightforward design makes it ideal for numerous uses, from additional seating to a pedestal for a vase or a side table.
Bit is designed by Simon Legald who graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the summer of 2012. His work consists of both small and large scale products. Simon’s designs are often created in a dialogue between craftsmanship and industry. He also likes to incorporate the techniques that are necessary for the structure of a product into the design by highlighting them visually.
“Honesty is what makes a product understandable and is what describes the products functionality. If you understand the product, it does not need any explanation. The essence of my design is for it to be bought and used. Therefore, it has to satisfy not only the functional aspects, but also the psychological and aesthetic needs. For me simplicity describes the true identity of objects and makes them trustworthy. In my design, I try not to add any unnecessary details. I work with simplicity by highlighting the necessities instead of hiding them. It gives the product a simple and honest expression.”
View more and purchase here.