Sports stadium architect Meis has unveiled the world’s first stadium seat which is created using recycled ocean plastic.
Known for its work designing some of the biggest sports stadia projects, including AS Roma’s upcoming Stadio Della Roma in Italy and FC Cincinnati’s West End Stadium, Meis collaborated with furniture designer Van de Sant to create Sea Chairs – an environmentally friendly seating product.
With stadium seating coming in tens of thousands of units and subjected to much wear and tear, it is replaced multiple times over the life of the stadium, which results in thousands of tons of physical waste.
Sea Chairs uses 10% reclaimed ocean plastics, with the rest coming from other recycled plastic sources, and is fully recyclable.
“The design challenges the venue seat of today: what it’s made of and what it looks like. We seek to design a chair that is functional, beautiful and economically competitive with seating made of standard materials,” the Sea Chairs website states.
The prototype product images reveal a sleek chair shape that’s beam mounted and folds. On the back of each chair is a message that reads “10 pounds of plastic waste were used to make this seat”.
It is expected Meis will begin full production of the seats in 2019. Whether they could feature in some of the company’s upcoming design projects is yet to be confirmed.