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The Adela Rex Seating Collection Demonstrates the Beauty + Sustainability of Plywood

10.19.21 | By
The Adela Rex Seating Collection Demonstrates the Beauty + Sustainability of Plywood
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Adela Rex marks the first collaboration between Andreu World and Philippe Starck, a furniture collection that is also part of the 100% pure wood project. Bringing together seating and tables made at least in part with slow-growing wood from reforested areas harvested on the company’s own land is the big picture of the project.

We want wood in our lives. It is a basic human need to be surrounded by signs that remind us of nature and predict the future.

– Philippe Starck

two wood armchairs back to back on white background

The Adela Rex collection uses oak and walnut plywoods, testing the material’s limits by using a mold that enables 3D geometries. The armchairs and chairs were designed with the circular economy in mind, producing a minimal carbon footprint and components that easily separate for recycling. Structural simplicity, well-thought out ergonomics and great precision come together to join its three pieces – no fittings, screws or additional elements needed. The armchair version is available in two width options, and the interior of the seat and back can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics or leather according to preference.

light wood armchair on white background

Andreu World and Philippe Starck developed Adela Rex as a commitment to meeting the most demanding international standards and certifications. It’s FSC certified and complies with the Chain of Custody from the tree to the final product. The collection complies with the most demanding resistance tests, such as ISO, ANSI BIFMA and LEVEL. It also has the International Ecodesign Certification (ISO 14006) and Level Certification, and is accredited with the BIFMA LEVEL and Indoor Air Quality standards that guarantee maximum transparency and minimal environmental impact in production.

group of wood armchairs on white background

dark wood armchair on white background

three wood armchairs balanced on top of one another in front of wood paneled wall

four wood armchairs lined up in front of wood paneled wall

two wood armchairs in front of wood paneled wall

four wood armchairs

hand sketching an armchair on white paper

light wood armchair taken apart

light skinned man with white hair and glasses examines a wood chair

Designer Philippe Starck

To learn more about the Adela Rex collection, visit andreuworld.com.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.