The Bench 3.0

23/11/2017 ASCA® City

On 5 July this year in Bercy, the R3ilab network of non-technological innovation in the textile, fashion and flexible composites industries presented a number of open-innovation projects for the textiles of tomorrow, promoted under the banner of “ambitious industry”. Among these projects, supported by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, was a garden seat 3.0 combining the expertise of the high-end textile manufacturer Garnier-Thiebaut, the Société Choletaise de Fabrication, Structures, AD Confection, the designer Amaury Poudray and Armor, with its ultra-light flexible photovoltaic film, ASCA®.

The result: a modular and mobile concept equipped with an independent source of energy – the furniture of tomorrow!


Open innovation and transversal thinking

R3ilab promotes the coming together of creative designers and companies presenting mature yet innovative technologies. Among these companies, top names such as Hermès, Lectra, Solvay, Philips Lighting, Prodways and Le Slip français came together for round table discussions, to which Armor was also invited. With its flexible and low carbon photovoltaic film, ASCA®, the group has become part of a transversal project combining different state-of-the-art French technologies. The project was conducted in partnership with Garnier Thiebault, a textile manufacturer with an illustrious 200-year history, the company SCF (luxury weave artisans), the sewing workshop AD Confection, the company Structures, which specialises in research into technical lighting solutions, and the designer Amaury Poudray (sarl NETWORKS), an expert in furniture and interior design.

Garden seat 3.0: people, nature and technology

This combination of forces has led to the creation of an innovative garden seat 3.0. Its base is a wooden structure partly covered in TILES – a Garnier Thiebault textile incorporating 3rd generation photovoltaic films by Armor –
 including lighting by Structures, and finishings and a strap-based seat by SCF. Stitching was carried out by AD Confection. The honeycomb concept is able to adopt different shapes and sizes. Mobile and with an independent source of energy, the garden seat 3.0 enables social situations to be recreated in all kinds of natural settings. The furniture incorporates its own lighting and will in the future be able to charge electronic devices.


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