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ECOR Dresser by Pim Dekkers
“At first I fell in love with the material, its smooth surface feels almost like a fabric, Immediately I wanted to work with it, transforming it into a furniture piece”, Pim notes. Knowing the story behind it made it an even more promising endeavor, as it was a long-held wish to make a biodegradable/circular furniture piece for office- and consumer use. Pim Dekkers likes to play with the contradiction between working with biodegradable materials on the one hand but making a timeless design simultaneously. A fair product which essentially can be thrown away or to be considered as a new waste stream for Ecor-sheet material.
Materials and techniques
The dresser is made up from a 15 mm. biodegradable particle board and Ecor Flat 2.5 mm., pressed into a 20 mm. sheet material. We have worked with only conventional woodworking machinery to keep production costs as low as possible.
The current Ecor flat material is easily soiled which causes time-delays in the full chain of production. ECOR for the purpose of our dresser should then be precoated for handling. Also, after the end-band glueing, for example, one needs their hands for post-processing; cleaning and smoothing edges. CNC-drilling into Ecor provides great results. Before screwing into Ecor, make sure the positions are pre-drilled.
Expectations for the future
I see the Ecor Global organization as a unique front-runner and supplier of biodegradable/circular semifinished products. It’s a great inspiration to me that local waste streams can be transformed into ready-to-use materials for product design. Designers should (even more) be able to work with Ecor in aspects of R&D and gaining product knowledge, production techniques on a wide range and sharing knowledge in general in the near future. As far as needed, designers can then be their true ambassador.
At the moment Pim Dekkers Contemporary Designs works on improved furniture pieces which contain bent shapes and veneer. The goal before the end of the year is to have a ready for production furniture collection which is 100% biodegradable/circular and can thus be (1) left outside or either (2) be taken back into the process of producing Ecor. I envision furthermore that from a middle- to longterm timeline, that ECOR as a raw material can be directly molded into furniture pieces or its separate parts to assemble later.