Sustainable design: the new "Calatea Green" armchair by Cristina Celestino

Calatea Green is the sustainable re-edition of Calatea armchair designed by Cristina Celestino in 2017: a new green version, with different materials and a distinctive aesthetics, redesigned according to the circular economy rules.
Conceived for Pianca, the Veneto furnishing complements and home living systems specialist, Calatea Green has been unveiled in Turin during the inauguration of Green Pea, the world’s first Green Retail Park. It's a homage to the planet and affirmation of Pianca's commitment to the environment.

Every element of Calatea Green was reconsidered to reduce the environmental impact of the chair. The padding is polyester ecofibre derived from recycled PET plastic mineral water bottles: made of 100% virgin polyester, it is completely recyclable and compostable, according to circular economy criteria. The shell is made of plywood and the legs are solid, FSC-certified® ash, sourced from certified forests with controlled logging to combat deforestation. Lastly, the upholstery fabric is made using open end cotton yarn from 100% recycled material guaranteed by GRS (Global Recycled Standard Certified 4.0) certification.

Cristina Celestino's homage to nature and sustainability is shown on a new decorative concept for the backrest fabric, paying tribute to her home region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and the alder tree, a native hardwood of the Julian Alps, whose leaves have a distinctive, even-veined texture. The pattern was a source of study and inspiration for the designer who then focused on the work of artist Carla Accardi, particularly her rhythmic brush strokes and style.

The chair has been unveiled at Green Pea - the first Green Retail Park in the world - as a unique and distinctly artistic piece. For the occasion, the decorative motif was hand painted on fabric by Alberto Fiocco, who made Calatea Green a truly unique piece, born of a clever combination of art, craftsmanship and design. Hand decorated using water-based colours with no toxic substances.