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Scientifically Modified Patio Furniture Won’t Shrink Or Swell [NY Design Week 2012]

Scientifically Modified Patio Furniture Won’t Shrink Or Swell [NY Design Week 2012]
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An innovative organic process augments wood, making it three times more resistant than shrinking and swelling, and 25% stronger.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 26 may 2012

As part of PSFK’s ongoing coverage of NY Design Week, we attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City this past weekend. As a premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures in the top designers from all over the world, this year hosting over 500 exhibitions from 34 countries.

One exhibit PSFK visited is Perennial Wood, a company that has developed a new type of wood that is resistant to the elements. Perennial Wood uses their patented TruLast technology to sustainably transform wood through an acetylation process, using organic compounds, heat and pressure at the molecular level to create modified wood that is three times more resistant to shrinking and swelling than unmodified wood, and 25% stronger.

Each piece comes with a warranty of 25 years and is intended to support an array of uses, from outdoor furniture to docks. The company also prides itself in sourcing its materials and labor locally, building a lasting relationship with suppliers.

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Also involved with community projects, the company gave furniture design students at Appalachian State University experience working with Perennial Wood firsthand. Sponsored by Eastman, more than 20 students were given opportunities to interact with the wood and submit their own designs. The students’ work has been showcased at several high profile venues, including ICFF. Below is student Derek Elliott’s Elliott submission, the Patio Chaise.

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Perennial Wood is made and manufactured by Kingsport, Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Company.

Perennial Wood

See more of our NY Design Week coverage here.

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