This sustainably designed chair pushes for the circular economy model in design!

Green Pea is Italy’s first green retail park and to celebrate its inauguration, designer Cristina Celestina created Calatea Green – a chair made to follow the circular economy model! Calatea Green was born from the company’s original piece, Calatea chair which was given a sustainable design refresh.

Calatea Green uses eco-friendly materials and organic aesthetics to fit in the Green Pea retail park. In fact, Celestina reinvented each element of the original Calatea chair’s design after becoming aware of the impact it had on the environment. The green chair’s padding is crafted from recycled PET fabric which is sourced from water bottles – it is both recyclable and compostable. For the legs, Celestina has used FSC-certified ash wood which was sourced from responsibly managed forests with controlled logging. The upholstery fabric on the outside is made of open-end cotton yarn that comes from 100% recycled material certified according to the Global Recycled Standard. Isn’t it interesting how the same chair from the brand could be completely turned into a sustainable version?

To keep the aesthetics aligned with the sustainable values, the original chair’s tropical “Calathea” plants have been replaced with a new design that is hand-painted with non-toxic, water-based ink. This decoration is a tribute to Celestino’s home in Friuli Venezia Giulia, an Italian region bordered by the Julian Alps mountain range known for the native alder tree. Calatea Green reflects Pianca’s eco-friendly model, the studio has had a long-standing tradition of using raw wood from sustainably certified forests and also uses 90% recycled packaging. Additionally, they also rely on a photovoltaic system that meets the total energy demand of production.

Designer: Cristina Celestino and Pianca