Uma is a circular chair designed to empower people to take a central role in making more sustainable living and working spaces for individuals, communities, and organisations to which they relate, live and work. The chair embodies the materiality, functionality, and simplicity of Scandinavian design and is inspired by Japanese woodworking joinery and craftsmanship, resulting in an elegant and timeless aesthetic.
– Made of renewable materials
– 100% natural, non-toxic oil finish
– Designed globally, made locally
– Ready-to-assemble furniture (flatpack)
– Easily assembly with one tool
The future of circular furniture
Uma chair responds to a growing demand for high-value and sustainable DIY furniture. As the involvement of lay citizens in product fabrication processes is becoming more commonplace, it is paramount to accelerate the transition to alternatives to the traditional centralized mass production.
Uma is the first product in a series of furniture specially designed for sustainable personal fabrication aimed at low-income communities in developing and emerging markets. It is designed so that anyone, anywhere, can create sustainable solutions for better living spaces. Its name comes from the official languages of East Timor, Tetum and Portuguese, meaning “Home” and “First”, respectively.
“Soon, millions of people worldwide will make their own furniture in makerspaces or at home using digital fabrication technologies like [hand-held] CNC routers.”
Although promising, this social innovation phenomenon increases material consumption, product production and waste disposal. Therefore, designers need to develop sustainable DIY furniture that prevents negative environmental impacts, enables sustainable production, and promotes disruptive innovation for positive social change. To tackle this challenge, we created Uma —a circular chair designed to empower people to take a central role in making more sustainable living and working spaces for individuals, communities, and organisations to which they relate, live and work.
UMA is a beautiful multifunctional chair, carefully designed for easy assembly and disassembly. It is made of FSC® Certificated Bamboo ply and mycelium-based composites with natural, non-toxic oil finishing.
Height: 81 cm
Width: 39 cm
Depth: 54 cm
Seat Height: 45 cm
Uma chair ship flat pack and can be assembled in a few easy steps by its new owner.
Our mission is to design products that empower people to create sustainable living and working spaces.
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Uma chair can be fabricated by users using equipment commonly available in makerspaces or at home using a [hand-held] CNC router. Alternatively, the chair can be ordered online and shipped ready-to-assemble (flatpack).