Pentatonic: The company transforming trash to treasure

During London Design Festival 2017, the headline installation at the Design Frontiers exhibition will be new furniture company, Pentatonic.

Taking over the Edmond J Safra Fountain Courtyard at Somerset House, the company will be transforming trash into furniture in front of visitors' very eyes for seven days.

This is a brand that is determined to make a difference with a mission to lead the world into a circular economy.

All Pentatonic products are made entirely of post-consumer trash.  Using aluminium, glass, food, and plastics, the company make brand new products out of old materials.

Co-Founder and CEO, Johann Boedecker said: “Our non-negotiable commitment to the consumer is that we make our products using single materials. That means no toxic additives and no hybridized materials which are prohibitive of recyclability. As such, this represents a radical departure from the traditional design, manufacturing, and consumer service models in the furniture industry.”

Pentatonic is so committed to its renewable mission that it offers customers a buyback guarantee. If you buy a Pentatonic design you will be able to sell it back to the company for a certain value. There is no warranty, this is a life time guarantee - if you get bored of your chair you can give it back.

“This enables us to simply recycle our products into new products at the end of life, and thus brings our consumer into our supply chain. This inclusivity and incentivizing will deliver an almost zero waste of our products post-use” Boedecker said.

The company’s opening collection will be built around the patented Pentatonic AirTool system.  Designed and produced in Europe, this modular kit of parts uses automotive manufacturing technology to enable the user to create a number of different pieces of furniture with only a few components.

Using the AirTool system, Pentatonic have created tables and chairs made from a range of materials including felts, luxurious fabrics, hardened textiles and finished metals.

The core range of AirTool products are completely modular. This means that the components can be interchanged to create different pieces of furniture.  

Pentatonic are not purely all about furniture though, the company has major plans that go way beyond tables and chairs, starting with its sleek phone accessory collection made from recycled glass.

Currently, products are available from which offers the full range of completed items. The site also offers customers the opportunity to build and customise their own chair and table configurations of the Pentatonic AirTool System. 

Londoner’s will also be able to get their hands on the new Pentatonic products by visiting the company’s pop up shop in Shoreditch, East London, which is launching in September.

Catch Pentatonic at Somerset House at London Design Festival from 18 – 24 September.

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