Every furniture manufacturer dreams of making products with as little waste as possible. Now a team of South Korean designers has come up with furniture that is made from its own offcuts.

Called the Zero Per Stool, it is the brainchild of the Hattern design studio in South Korea, which involves Jank Won, Min-a Kim and Kyungsun Hwang. Legs and braces for the three-legged stool are cut from flat white oak stock, leaving the kind of typical waste one might see in a CNC nest. But rather than discarding that waste, Hattern’s design repurposes it to create the stool’s seat.

They pour the broken offcuts into a mold with resin to create the seat. The unusual shapes of the offcuts clearly show in the seat, mixing the wood forms with the translucent resin in the voids between pieces. Hattern calls it a “hybrid wood technique.”

“The interesting shape of woods and various colored combinations of the translucent resin are presented new aesthetic beauty to the consumers,” says a statement on Hattern’s website.

Pieces too small to be used in the seat become other projects such as fountain pens or coasters. “The waste produced from the product is reduced to almost 0%,” says Hattern.

Hattern describes themselves as an “up-cycling design studio which extracts patterns from waste. We aim at making practical and beautiful up-cycling products.”


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