Transformations Seating: Designed for Deconstruction and Repair


If you really want to talk sustainability, you have to look at not only how something is made and what it is made of, but is it easily repairable? Will it last? Transformations builds furniture for the hospitality and education fields that is built solidly (that frame is guaranteed for thirty-five years) but what is more important, the whole chair is designed to pull apart easily so that fabric or foam can be replaced on site. In minutes. It gives new meaning to the word "Renewable."


My first question to Stu Reynolds of Transformations was, what keeps the students from pulling apart the furniture? It must be a popular question, because it comes up near the top of their FAQ sheet. It turns out that it is not at all obvious that the chair can be pulled apart, and there are some sneaky locking mechanisms that you have to find first.

Transformations Furniture from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

It is furniture designed for renewability:

a method of manufacturing furniture that empowers hospitals, universities, government facilities and commercial environments to quickly and easily maintain or replace the fabrics on their furniture.

Not to mention that it is locally made in Indiana, using sustainably harvested wood and soy foam. So what's the catch? It is more expensive to make things this way. Stu Reynolds says "most facilities managers aren't going to be around in 35 years and don't care. They put upfront cost ahead of renewability and sustainability, and just throw the stuff out in five or ten years."

That is the ultimate price of cheap, the cost of our disposable culture. More at Transformations Furniture, found at IIDEX