Spotlight: Jonas Hauptman

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ReUse. We were tipped off to designer, manufacturer and idealist Jonas Hauptman by a reader who has been enamoured of Hauptman’s lounge chair because it is “very comfortable,” supports “head and neck” and the fact that “it’s made from reconstituted aspen tree leaves/flakes (basically waste) and adhesive.”

Indeed. Jonas Hauptman is in a mission to make “green” modern seating, using a “reconstituted wood manufacturing process that is used to produce shipping pallets.” It is a great idea, and apparently produces seating that surpasses both plywood and plastic in terms of strength and formability.

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Hauptman is creative and just getting going. You can tell that his line of chairs ($675-$1175) is just the beginning, as he recently added 6 color choices and tables to his mix.

He mentions working on supplying park benches to New York City and employing a new wood composite called Palmstrate (Palm with soy adhesive), all of which is very exciting. Just don’t forget to keep it beautiful! (Thanks, Todd!) MGR

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