With the temperature rising, now might be a great time to enhance your balcony space with some brand new furniture. One of the most frequently utilised materials used in the manufacture of outdoor furniture is plastic, as it’s lightweight and doesn’t require much more care than the occasional wipe and clean. British designer Jane Atfield designed the famous plastic RCP2 Chair back in early 1990s for her Royal College of Art graduation show, and more recently, has worked with the Emma Scully Gallery to launch the re-edition of the RCP2 Chair to commemorate its 30th anniversary.
The fact that the RCP2 Chair was made of post-consumer recycled plastics is part of what gives the piece its iconic standing. Afield commissioned Missouri-based manufacturer Yemm & Hart to produce the chair with the firm’s high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic board sheets. The prototype came out in multi-colour, which is certainly eye-catching. It also highlighted the issues of sustainability and consumption — both important topics that were rarely discussed 30 years ago.
The limited re-edition pieces have again been created using recycled plastics and come in three colourways — multicoloured as in the very first prototype, a blue edition as released by Atfield’s brand MADE OF WASTE and exhibited in various museums, and a brand new black and white edition. A matching dining table in black and white has also been created, and the full collection can found on 1stDibs.