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Shaping a chair from a super thin aluminum sheet

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Superplastic forming of aluminum alloys allowed Tom Dixon to shape a chair out of a single sheet stretched several times its size. A significant material saving that does not compromise the stability of the seat

With sustainability in mind, using the right materials and the most suitable way to work with them has become a key skill for designers: the challenge being figuring out which ones are sustainable at a manufacturing level, avoiding raw material waste during production and keeping away from design solutions that make it difficult to break a product down into its components. Is aluminum a sustainable material? In terms of environmental impact, aluminum seems a reasonable choice: it’s light, durable and fully recyclable. In fact, as long as it is treated correctly, it’s one of the few materials that can be…

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