French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created their latest chair, Osso, from wood that's fabricated with cutting-edge technology made energy-efficient. Made from a solar-powered CNC milling machine, they were able to use CNC technology to create curvilinear shapes that ship flat and fit together quite easily without the need for any additional hardware. I hope most people who purchased the chair purchased it locally. It'd be a shame to add more of a carbon footprint for shipping!
If you're not familiar with what a CNC machine is, it's basically a programmable fabrication machine that works a lot like a printer, instead it uses a cutting tool in place of ink. The bonus of CNC machines is that they let designers experiment with complex forms that would be difficult to manufacture by hand.
It's great to see artists and designers experimenting with making cutting-edge technology more energy efficient, as well as taking the entire process of creating that object into consideration.