Haworth debuts furniture designed for a circular economy at NeoCon 2024

Global furniture brand Haworth showcased furniture designs by Bill Carroll, Common Object and Sam Klemick at their Chicago showroom during NeoCon 2024 as revealed in this reel created for the brand by Dezeen.

The designers were tasked with creating furniture influenced by circular design principles, as part of Haworth’s DesignLab initiative.

Haworth debuted furniture exploring circular design at their Chicago showroom

Prototypes included a bench named Smokestack Unit 001 by designer Bill Carroll.

Made from moulded pigmented sawdust, the bench was designed for a functional assembly similar to a set of Lego, with six colourful parts including four repeating components and two longer beams.

The collection includes a bench by designer Bill Carroll which is made from moulded pigmented sawdust

Design studio Common Object created a set of biodegradable stools and self-supporting space dividers made from local wool waste and salvaged wood.

Common Object is comprised of designers Fernando Ramirez and Justin Beitzel, with Beitzel focusing his efforts on the intersection of agriculture and design, working with farmers who are growing materials such as wool and hemp and Ramirez working with urban communities to help shape the studio’s regenerative thinking.

Haworth Design Lab debuts furniture collection at NeoCon 2024 in Chicago
Common Object designed a set of biodegradable stools and space dividers called Understory

LA-based knitwear and clothing designer Sam Klemick created a communal seating structure named Play Station that utilises geometric shapes and is made from salvaged Douglas Fir and dead stock fabrics.

Klemick founded her studio after observing the effects of fast fashion on the environment and draws on the principles of circularity in her designs.

Designer Sam Klemick created a communal seating structure for Haworth DesignLab 2024
Sam Klemick designed a communal seating structure made from salvaged Douglas Fir and dead stock fabrics

Dezeen partnered with Haworth to host a talk about this year’s DesignLab initiative inside the showroom with the designers, which was moderated by Dezeen’s US editor, Ben Dreith.

The brand also showcased 14 new products at their showroom at The Mart during NeoCon, including a modular lighting system named Pantaya, which was a collaboration between Haworth, Patricia Urquiola and Pablo Pardo, and a new ergonomic chair named Breck.

According to the brand, over half of the Breck chair is made from recycled material and consists of four pieces designed to be assembled in under one minute.

Haworth was founded in Michigan in 1948. The furniture brand extended its presence at NeoCon by taking over the lobby of the Mart as well as creating a visitor experience on the Mart’s River Park Plaza where guests could preview new products from Haworth’s Janus et Cie brand.

The photography is by Studio Us. Videography is by 730 Eddy.

NeoCon took place from 10 to 12 June in Chicago, USA. For more exhibitions, talks and events in architecture and design, visit Dezeen’s Event Guide.

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