It has been prophesized, “Mankind will find its future floating on the breath of little children. They will blow air into the world like the world breathes life into the living. They will celebrate their birthdays with insatiable appetites…as only children can. They will fill their lungs with the most precious of all elements, air, and instead of blowing out their candles, they will exhale with mechanical force filling a form with their breath – freezing it in weightlessness. One day we will be able to understand and use all powers this planet gives to us. We will understand what the true nature of nature is. We will find the beauty in the seemingly contradictory nature of the elements. We will see the softness of iron, the lightness of stone, the power and strength of air. I give you Sparkling as a name, not to make a reference to sparkling waters, nor sparkling sunrays on your skin, I name you Sparkling because inside you there is a little star, a little large light, a glow in the dark, a direction and a destination, for us to follow.”
This is Marcel Wanders own words about his new chair “Sparkling”, inspired by water bottles and made of 100% PET, which makes it fully recyclable.
The Sparkling Chair is produced using an unusual technique for furniture making, although a very common manufacturing process for making water bottles – blow moulding. After blow moulding the legs and the seat, the hollow space is filled with high-pressure air to strengthen the components. The result is a minimal use of material and a fairly lightweight chair, around 2 lbs. Furthermore, the chair can be disassembled for transportation as the legs are simply screwed into the seat. The light volume and weight also reduces its carbon footprint.