The inside components of this chair created by NC State students are made with sustainable materials. The chair will be on display at the 15th anniversary celebration for the Sustainable Furnishings Council this Friday night.
HIGH POINT– Culp is hosting the Sustainable Furnishings Council’s 15th anniversary celebration in the new Culp Innovation Center at Congdon Yards on Friday, April 1 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Culp recently collaborated with the SFC and students from North Carolina State University to create an upholstered chair made entirely from sustainable materials with circularity in mind.
“As an innovative company, we are always looking towards the future and seeking to promote the betterment of tomorrow for our customers, our associates, our communities and our planet,” said Iv Culp, president and CEO of Culp, Inc. “Working with the students from NC State, and seeing their enthusiasm and expectation for a more sustainable future, truly helps to strengthen our commitment to increase our company’s integration of best practices and affect positive environmental change as a leader within the home furnishings industry.”
As the only publicly traded textile company member of the SFC, CULP supports the organization’s mission in raising awareness and promoting the adoption of environmentally conscious practices within the home furnishings industry.
Culp uses a variety of processes designed to reduce the environmental footprint of its manufacturing facilities. The company has also created multiple successful fabric lines that combine sustainability with performance through its use of yarn made with an average of 30% recycled fibers from post-consumer plastic bottles.
Students enrolled in the course at NC State created a concept chair from idea to completion using sustainable materials and cutting-edge manufacturing processes.
“The chair is made with renewable materials and the design is intended for all the materials to separate and be reused,” said Professor Rico Ruffino of NC State. “The frame is made from sustainably sourced white oak; the cushioning for the arms is a product containing rubberized coconut fiber; the seat and back cushions are made of a natural latex biodegradable, plant-based material; glueless pocket springs for support; and it is covered in Culp’s LiveSmart Evolve fabric.”
Susan Inglis, SFC executive director, said that when the council began in 2007, the founder’s showroom was located in what is now the Culp Innovation Center at Congdon Yards.
“As we celebrate our accomplishments of the past 15 years, induct a new executive director and anticipate a successful future, we are thrilled that our event will be held in the place where it all began,” Inglis said. “We are grateful to Culp for allowing us to use their space for our event.”
The sustainable chair will be on display at Friday night’s celebration.