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RECOVER is a seating solution for temporary seating in public/commercial spaces such as sports arenas, mass transit systems, airports.

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RECOVER is a modular seat that can be paired with a frame to be used as a chair, or fitted in sequence to a beam structure to create public seating. RECOVER can also replace existing seating that has been damaged. A simple bracket can be designed according the intended use.

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Flashings
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Laminated EVA Foam
  • Laminated PU Foam
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

The main material of the design proposed is EVA foam. We need to shred down the following materials into smaller pieces and re-process them into EVA sheet that will be die-cut, thermoformed. EVA Foam Injection Scraps EVA Foam Flashing EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks EVA Foam Components The seat structure is made of a sheet metal assembly that will be sandwiched between newly created EVA sheets and some cushioning bags filled with others Nike Ground materials. The first thermoformed EVA panel would be stitched to the back die-cut EVA panel all around the perimeter of the chair. The cushioning bags can be filled with any of these materials depending on availability (without mixing them) : Rubber Outsoles Rubber Flashings Rubber Granulate Laminated EVA Foam Laminated PU Foam Mixed Apparel Textile Mixed Footwear Textile Footwear Fiber "Fluff"Full Grain Leather Scraps Split Leather Scraps Coated Synthetic Leather

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What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Private/Public organizations that require seats for spaces/facilities. Furniture manufacturers (some furniture companies already have existing molds for EVA foam parts, for example, office chair armrests).

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

Seek partnerships with existing furniture companies with mass production processes already in place. We envision the main obstacle to overcome being the multicolor nature of the materials. It is a fun approach for kids and some public spaces, but may not be suitable for more serious workplaces or commercial spaces that require specific brand colours. If there is way to control the color of the scrap to a certain degree, such as darker colors together, that could help in broadening the prospective buyer base.

How is your idea innovative?

EVA foam has not been used in seating to this degree before to our knowledge. The material presents numerous advantages for sitting; it is lightweight, can be molded into complex forms to create appealing designs, is non-toxic, has a soft touch finish, is waterproof and resistant to cracking, and can be stitched together.

What inspired this idea?

One half of our team was designing a sunglass case made of EVA and was intrigued by the potential of this material with the thermoform process. Then we heard about this competition and the idea of a seat came to mind.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Kevin Meric is an industrial designer with 6+ years experience designing consumer electronics, furniture and eyewear. Anthony Furia is the founder and principal designer at Furia, a branding and design firm in Toronto, Canada.

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Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

As a substantial initial investment is required for tooling and building the prototype at scale 1, becoming a Top Idea will help RECOVER be prototyped to aid in pitching to potential manufacturers.


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