Carbon fiber continues to be an expensive material, but in some cases, it’s worth the price. High performance applications (racing sailboats, aerospace), where the strength-to-weight ratio is all-important, are probably the first area that comes to mind. However, there are other properties that can justify the cost, such as appearance. The cache of the material is directly related to its high cost. The eye-catching designs it enables are directly related to its strength-to-weight ratio. For both of the properties, furniture designers have taken carbon fiber to their hearts. The material is, right now, in that sweet spot of being rare enough to still be considered exotic, but common enough that everybody knows it when they see it (or a good imitation of it).
Here we present a few examples of carbon fiber furniture designs. Not a ‘round-up’ by any means, just a sampling.
Many of the pieces we’ve seen seem to exult in the extraordinary malleability of composites, boldly presenting a complex object as a single piece, even a single surface.