Colorful flat-packed chairs aim to achieve full sustainability – from material choices to supply chain

We often underestimate the importance of a great chair. When in reality we really shouldn’t. We spend the majority of our day sitting on chairs, whether we’re working in our home office, enjoying a meal, or simply sitting and reading a book for leisure! Hence, this piece of furniture needs to be not only comfortable but ergonomic, and aesthetic as well. And a super sustainable chair design that recently impressed me is the OTO chair by Alessandro Stabile and Martinelli Venezia.

Designer: Alessandro Stabile and Martinelli Venezia for One to One

Designed by Alessandro Stabile and Martinelli Venezia for the Italian furniture brand One to One, the OTO chair is intended to be a “manifesto for circular design”. One to One is a brand that heavily focuses on sustainability, and the OTO chair is a recycled plastic chair that aims to achieve a goal of full sustainability, in both material choices, and the supply chain as a whole.

“From the beginning, we realized that using recycled materials was not enough. We had to think about something that would systematize the entire sustainable supply chain, from production to logistics, distribution, and assembly, to stimulate the public with a product capable of activating a new awareness,” said Stabile and Venezia. As a result of this, the OTO chair is built using a single mold, sold online, and delivered in a flat-packed form.

The OTO chair has a clean, minimal, and simple form, and is available in a variety of fun colors – onyx, fog, mustard, eucalyptus, coral, and forest. You can pick a color that best matches your personality and interior decor style! While creating and making OTO, One to One partnered up with Ogyre which runs the Fishing for Litter Platform. This platform allows fishermen to contribute to collecting marine waste for reuse. The production of each OTO chair removes almost 500 grams of plastic from the sea, according to the brand. It truly has sustainability incorporated in its core, and approaches sustainability as a whole, trying to integrate it into every step of the process – whether it’s designing, manufacturing, or even selling.