An interdisciplinary team of design based-researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.
Re-pete

MPavilion 2022 Chair design commission

by
Sam Tomkins, 
Iain [Max] Maxwell,
Ben Ennis-Butler


Re-pete is a lightweight zero-waste stool produced from robotically extruded recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) plastic.  

Drawing inspiration from the billowing and cellular forms of the pavilion design, our stool’s complex doubly-curved shape enhances the chair’s stability and stiffness at key locations whilst offering flex and suspension at others. The translucent yet highly textured surfaces animate the stool, amplifying its environment through flickering plays of light and casting spectrums of colour.

Our work demonstrates a circular approach encompassing design, fabrication and recovery while celebrating the aesthetic and functional possibilities of emergent material techniques and robotic fabrication technologies.

View it at:
MPavilion, launching 17 November, Melbourne

Media 
Green Magazine. Zero Waste Stool ‘Re-Pete’ Announced as Winner of Chair Design for 9th MPavilion. 29 September 2022.


Australian Design Review. Zero-waste stool named chair design winner for MPavilion 2022. 13 September 2022.

Elly Mackay. UC team win coveted international design award, University of Canberra Press Release. 26 August 2022.

MPavilion 2022 Chair: Re-Pete

MPavilion. Ephemeral. Transformative. Zero-Waste. Introducing the MPavilion 2022 Chair... Press Release. 22 August 2022.


Exhibited
Craft Victoria, The Chair, September 10 - November 19, 2022. 



Re-pete. MPavilion 2022 Chair design commission
Photography by Nick Burrows. Render by Sam Tomkins



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Iain [Max] Maxwell, Dr Ben Ennis Butler and Sam Tomkins. Our profiles →.

An interdisciplinary team of design based-researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.