Friday - May 12, 2017

Unique exhibit at interzum trade fair

Cologne-based designer creates piece of furniture based on Covestro materials

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The designer Thomas Schnur has created a one of a kind piece, named “The Factory of Ideas”, for this year’s interzum furniture supplier fair. The exhibit shows the transformation of a cloud structure into a seat, using a range of Covestro’s products, much of which is used throughout the furniture industry.

Furniture designer Thomas Schnur has created a one of a kind piece, named “The Factory of Ideas” for this year’s interzum trade fair, using a range of innovative and sustainable materials to showcase Covestro’s product portfolio – much of which is used throughout the furniture industry.

Based on a cloud structure, which transforms into a seat, Schnur, aged 33, said he designed “The Factory of Ideas” as he was intrigued by the potential of Covestro’s materials, having spent time researching and experimenting alongside the company’s Leverkusen application teams. An integral element in the design process was Covestro’s cardyon™ polyurethane foam, which is made using around 20 percent carbon dioxide.

cardyon™ is the brand name for Covestro’s products created using CO2. By incorporating CO2 to synthesize plastics, the company is helping to preserve increasingly scarce fossil resources while closing the carbon loop.

Various products in one piece of furniture
Each element of Schnur’s design incorporates a Covestro material. The wooden surface utilises a waterborne polyurethane coating made from Bayhydrol® and Bayhydur® raw materials, which provides a high level of protection and appealing appearance with low solvent content.

The seat’s fabric covers are made from INSQIN®, another waterborne polyurethane technology invented by Covestro, used to bring functionality to a range of coated, finished or printed textile materials. Colour, design, durability, breathability, waterproofness and pleasant hand feel are just some of these functionalities.

The blue transparent cube protecting the ‘cloud’ is made out of Makrolon® polycarbonate, an extremely robust, lightweight material with glass-like transparency. It is impact resistant even at extremely low temperatures.

For Thomas Schnur “a piece of furniture is a form of communication, a means to create connections between people.” His work is inclusive and authentic, with pieces that come together to form a whole.

“The Factory of Ideas” provides visitors with a vision of things to come and challenges conventional thinking through new perspectives.

About Covestro:
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15,600 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2016.

About Thomas Schnur:
Thomas Schnur (*1983) lives and works in Cologne. After an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker he studied product design at University of Applied Sciences Aachen. At that time he worked for designers such as Mathieu Lehanneur in Paris and studied at École Supérieure d'Art et Design de Saint Étienne. Thomas Schnur is fascinated by the ever-evolving interaction between objects and humans. Since setting up his own office in Cologne in 2011 he works in the field of furniture design and design education for several international clients and institutions. Further information can be obtained at

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